The Penguin History of the Church


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List of Abbreviations
1. Church and Society
2. The Divisions of Time
I. The Primitive Age, c. 700-c. 1050
II. The Age of Growth, c. 1050-c. 1300
The main development
The rise and limits of clerical supremacy
The positive achievement
III. The Age of Unrest, c. 1300-c. 1550
The changing environment
Political change and reaction
3. The Divisions of Christendom
I. The Seeds of Disunity
Divergent habits
Political separation
Doctrinal differences
II. The Two Churches
III. The Search for Reunion
The military way
The political package deal
The way of understanding
4. The Papacy
I. The Primitive Age, c. 700-c. 1050
The Vicar of St. Peter
The supreme temporal lord
II. The Age of Growth, c. 1050-c. 1300
The Vicar of Christ
The growth of business
The primacy and temporal power
The lawyer-popes
III. The Inflationary Spiral, c. 1300-c. 1520
International politics
The struggle for benefices
5. Bishops and Archbishops
I. The Carolingian Church Order and Its Break-Up
The formation of a bishop
The break-up of the Carolingian ideal
II. Bishops in the Service of the Pope
An archbishop in northern France
An archbishop in England
A bishop in Germany
An episcopal family in northern Italy
6. The Religious Orders
I. The Benedictines
The Rule
The centuries of greatness
Change and decay
II. The New Orders
The Augustinian canons
The Cistercians
III. The Friars
The environment
Aims and origins
Growth and achievement
7. Fringe Orders and Anti-Orders
I. The General Environment
The behaviour of crowds
The influence of women in religious life
II. A Confusion of Tongues
The beguines of Cologne
The religious brethren of Deventer and its neighbourhood
List of Popes, 590-153Index

About the Author

Sir Richard Southern (1912-2001) was an expert on the medieval church and author of the renowned text, The Making of the Middle Ages. He taught at Oxford and was President of St John's College there. He was knighted in 1974.

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