The papers reprinted here all have to do with the very varied ways in which religion made an impact upon, or was intertwined with, political and social life. They span the period from 600 to 1200, with particular points of focus on early Anglo-Saxon England, Charlemagne, the Ottonian empire, and 12th-century England. In these articles, the Oxford historian Henry Mayr-Harting explores the religion of secular rulers, the religion (or relative lack of it) of bishops and churches, the religion of custodians at shrines or of recluses or artists, as well as religious phenomena such as angelic apparitions, conversion, or apocalypticism.
Contents: Preface; Two conversions to Christianity: the Bulgarians and the Anglo-Saxons; Bede's patristic thinking as an historian; The Venerable Bede, the Rule of St Benedict, and social class; St Boniface, mirror of English history; Charlemagne, the Saxons, and the imperial coronation of 800; Charlemagne's religion; Perceptions of angels in history; Liudprand of Cremona's account of his legation to Constantinople (968) and Ottonian imperial strategy; The church of Magdeburg: its trade and its town in the 10th and early 11th centuries; Was the identity of the Prague church in the 10th century imposed from without or developed from within?; Apocalyptic book illustration in the early Middle Ages; Hilary, Bishop of Chichester (1147-1169) and Henry II; Henry II and the Papacy, 1170-1189; Functions of a 12th-century recluse (Wulfric of Haselbury); Functions of a 12th-century shrine: the miracles of St Frideswide; Odo of Deuil, the 2nd Crusade, and the monastery of Saint- Denis; Index.
The first title in the Variorum Collected Studies series was published in 1970. Since then well over 1000 titles have appeared in the series, and it has established a well-earned international reputation for the publication of key research across a whole range of subjects within the fields of history.
The history of the medieval world remains central to the series, with Byzantine studies a particular speciality, but the range of titles extends from Hellenistic philosophy and the history of the Roman empire and early Christianity, through the Renaissance and Reformation, up to the 20th century. Islamic Studies forms another major strand as do the histories of science, technology and medicine.
Each title in the Variorum Collected Studies series brings together for the first time a selection of articles by a leading authority on a particular subject. These studies are reprinted from a vast range of learned journals, Festschrifts and conference proceedings. They make available research that is scattered, even inaccessible in all but the largest and most specialized libraries. With a new introduction and index, and often with new notes and previously unpublished material, they constitute an essential resource.
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