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Consul of God (Routledge Revivals)

The Life and Times of Gregory the Great, 1st Edition

By Jeffrey Richards


310 pages

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Gregory the Great, whose reign spanned the years between 590 and 604 A.D., was one of the most remarkable figures of the early medieval Papacy. Aristocrat, administrator, teacher and scholar, he ascended the throne of St Peter at a time of acute crisis for the Roman Church.

Consul of God, first published in 1980, revises the traditional picture of Pope Gregory. It examines how he organised the central administration of the Papacy and his unremitting war on heresy and schism. Gregory also pioneered a new pastoral tradition in learning, promoted monasticism, and trained the episcopate.

Jeffrey Richards demonstrates that Gregory was both a conservative and a pioneer, and just as his reign looked forward to the medieval world it also looked back to a vanishing world of imperial unity. He was thus the last representative of those Roman senators whose fortitude and energy he emulated, earning the epitaph ‘Consul of God’.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgements; Introduction 1. The World of Gregory the Great 2. Gregory’s Early Life 3. Character and Outlook 4. Gregory’s World-View 5. The Gregorian Court Circle 6. Central Administration: (1) War, Finance and Supply 7. Central Administration: (2) Law, Discipline and Liturgy 8. Patrimonial Administration 9. Gregory and the Episcopate: (1) Sicily 10. Gregory and the Episcopate: (2) Italy 11. Gregory and the Lombards 12. Gregory and the West 13. Gregory and the East 14. Gregory’s Missionary Activities 15. Gregory and Monasticism 16. The Legacy of Gregory; Abbreviations; Notes; Bibliography; Index

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
HISTORY / General
HISTORY / Medieval
RELIGION / Christian Church / History