The Barbarian Conversion: From Paganism to Christianity

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University of California Press, 1999 - History - 562 pages
00 In a work of splendid scholarship that reflects both a firm mastery of difficult sources and a keen intuition, one of Britain's foremost medievalists tells the story of the Christianization of Europe. It is a very large story, for conversion encompassed much more than religious belief. With it came enormous cultural change: Latin literacy and books, Roman notions of law and property, and the concept of town life, as well as new tastes in food, drink, and dress. Whether from faith or by force, from self-interest or by revelation, conversion had an immense impact that is with us even today. It is Richard Fletcher's achievement in this superb work that he makes that impact both felt and understood. In a work of splendid scholarship that reflects both a firm mastery of difficult sources and a keen intuition, one of Britain's foremost medievalists tells the story of the Christianization of Europe. It is a very large story, for conversion encompassed much more than religious belief. With it came enormous cultural change: Latin literacy and books, Roman notions of law and property, and the concept of town life, as well as new tastes in food, drink, and dress. Whether from faith or by force, from self-interest or by revelation, conversion had an immense impact that is with us even today. It is Richard Fletcher's achievement in this superb work that he makes that impact both felt and understood.
 

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Contents

Who Is It For?
1
The Challenge of the Countryside
34
Beyond the Imperial Frontiers
66
The New Constantines
97
An Abundance of Distinguished Patrimonies
130
The Chalice and the Horn
160
the Frankish Drive to the East
193
Christian Consolidation
228
Scandinavians Abroad and at Home
369
The Eastern Marches from Wenceslas to Nyklot
417
Mission into Church
451
the Baltic and Beyond
483
Slouching Towards Bethlehem
508
FURTHER READING
525
NOTES
535
INDEX
551

Rival Monotheisms
285
A Certain Greek Named Methodius
327

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About the author (1999)

Richard Fletcher is Professor of History at the University of York. Among his books are Moorish Spain (California, 1992) and The Quest for El Cid (1989) which won the Los Angeles Times History Book Award and the Wolfson Literary Award for History.

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