Christ in Celtic Christianity: Britain and Ireland from the Fifth to the Tenth Century

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Boydell Press, 2002 - History - 319 pages
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Christ in Celtic Christianity gives a new interpretation of the nature of Christianity in Celtic Britain and Ireland from the fifth to the tenth century. The written and visual evidence on which the authors base their argument includes images of Christ created in and for this milieu, taken from manuscripts, metalwork and sculpture and reproduced in this study. The authors challenge the received opinion that Celtic Christians were in unity with Rome in all matters except the method of Easter reckoning and the shape of the clerical tonsure. They find, on the contrary, that the strain of the Pelagian heresy which rooted itself in Britain in the early fifth century influenced the theology and practice of the Celtic monastic Churches on both sides of the Irish Sea for several hundred years, creating a theological spectrum quite distinct from that of continental establishments. MICHAEL W. HERREN is Professor of Classics and Distinguished Research Professor at York University (Toronto), a member of the Graduate Faculty at the Centre for Medieval Studies in the University of Toronto, and an Honorary Member of the Royal Irish Academy; SHIRLEY ANN BROWN is Professor of Art History and a member of the Faculty of Graduate Studies at York University.
  

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Contents

Introduction
1
The Growth and Development of Monasticism in the British
21
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30
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38
Additional Texts
44
Pelagianism in Britain and Ireland
69
The Common Celtic Church
104
Christ Revealed in the Texts
137
NonRepresentational Images of Christ
186
The Representational Images of Christ
234
Epilogue
278
Precamur patrem
284
Index
305
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Herren is professor of Classics and Distinquished Research Professor at York University in Toronto.

Brown is Professor of Art History at York University in Toronto.

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