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Including a new Preface by the author covering recent developments in the study of the first millennia of Christendom, a revision of some previous stances, a refreshed and up-to-date bibliography, and 17 stunning color images, this text remains an essential and superbly compelling history of Christianity's evolution in its tumultuous first millennium.
Brown charts the rise to prominence of a religion that began as an obscure sect in Roman Judea and developed into Europe's dominant--religious and political--institution. Christianity played a pivotal role in the making of Europe, as well as the delineation of its boundaries; the political gulf between Europe and its Eastern neighbors was also a religious divide. The Rise of Western Christendom offers students of religious history unmatched depth of analysis by the leading academic authority of the period.
Number of Pages: 712
|Publication Date: 2013|
Peter Brown is Emeritus Professor of History at Princeton University. He is a celebrated scholar and author of numerous seminal historical works, which include Augustine of Hippo (1967, 2000), The World of Late Antiquity (1971), The Cult of the Saints (1982), The Body and Society (1988), Power and Persuasion in Late Antiquity: Towards a Christian Empire (1992), Authority and the Sacred: Aspects of the Christianization of the Roman World (1995), Poverty and Leadership in the Later Roman Empire (2002), and the forthcoming Through the Eye of a Needle: Wealth, the Fall of Rome, and the Making of Christianity in the West, 350-550 AD (2012).
Interpretations of late antiquity and of western Christendom have changed dramatically in the last decade. This anniversary edition explains the changes with Peter Brown's characteristic brilliance and range of learning.
“Summing Up. Highly recommended. Especially libraries that lack the second edition; lower-level undergraduates and above; general readers.” (Choice, 1 September 2013)