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The Blackwell Dictionary of Eastern Christianity (Hardcover): Ken Parry, David J. Melling, Dimitri Brady, Sidney H. Griffith,... The Blackwell Dictionary of Eastern Christianity (Hardcover)
Ken Parry, David J. Melling, Dimitri Brady, Sidney H. Griffith, John F. Healey
R3,941 R3,518 Discovery Miles 35 180 Save R423 (11%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

Containing over 700 articles, this Dictionary allows the reader to explore Eastern Christian civilization with its cultural and religious riches. The articles are written by a team of 50 international contributors, including leading historians, theologians, linguists, philosophers, patrologists, musicians, and scholars of liturgy and iconography. The Dictionary covers both the major living traditions of Eastern Christianity and some which are very little known. It offers balanced treatment of the Byzantine traditions (Greek, Slav, Romanian and Georgian), and the Oriental traditions (Armenian, Assyrian, Coptic, Ethiopian, Syrian, Indian), taking account of Orthodox, Catholic and Reformed communities. Both communities in their original homelands and the diaspora, exile and convert communities worldwide are considered. The articles do not present Eastern traditions in terms of Western Christian interests and a Western view of Christian history, but in terms that Eastern Christians will recognise. Readers will be able to use the Dictionary as a basic source of information about the different Eastern Christian churches, and to locate information that they would have difficulty finding elsewhere. The longer articles put terms, concepts, people and events into context. They offer ways of exploring unfamiliar connections and of making useful comparisons. Cross-references lead the reader to related topics and background issues. A comprehensive index lists every important name and topic that appears in the Dictionary and helps the reader to navigate the volume.

Aztecs, Moors, and Christians - Festivals of Reconquest in Mexico and Spain (Paperback, 1st ed): Max Harris Aztecs, Moors, and Christians - Festivals of Reconquest in Mexico and Spain (Paperback, 1st ed)
Max Harris
R709 R580 Discovery Miles 5 800 Save R129 (18%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

IN villages and towns across Spain and its former New World colonies, local performers stage mock battles between Spanish Christians and Moors or Aztecs that range from brief sword dances to massive street theatre lasting several days. The performances officially celebrate the triumph of Spanish Catholicism over its enemies. Such an explanation does not, however, account for the tradition's persistence for more than five hundred years nor for its widespread diffusion.

In this perceptive book, Max Harris seeks to understand the "puzzling and enduring passion" of both Mexicans and Spaniards for festivals of moros y cristianos. He begins by tracing the performances' roots in medieval Spain and showing how they came to be superimposed on the mock battles that had been part of pre-contact Aztec calendar rituals. Then, using James Scott's distinction between "public transcripts" and "hidden transcripts", he reveals how, in the hands of folk and indigenous performers, these spectacles of conquest became prophecies of the eventual reconquest of Mexico by the defeated Aztec peoples. Finally, he documents the early arrival of native American performance practices in Europe and the shift of moros y cristianos from court to folk tradition in Spain. Even today, as lively descriptions of current festivals make plain, mock battles between Aztecs, Moors, and Christians remain a remarkably sophisticated vehicle for the communal expression of dissent.

Bishop Aethelwold - His Career and Influence (Paperback, New Ed): Barbara Yorke Bishop Aethelwold - His Career and Influence (Paperback, New Ed)
Barbara Yorke
R688 R607 Discovery Miles 6 070 Save R81 (12%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

AEthelwold's life and his political and ecclesiastical importance in the 10th-century reformation receive thorough scholarly scrutiny in this appraisal of his life and work. The studies include a comparison of AEthelwold's career with that of other European monastic reformers; a study of AEthelwold's foundation at Abingdon; and of his involvement with the political crises of the 10th century. AEthelwold's skills as a scholar are assessed through surviving Latin and Old Englist texts, and as a teacher from the writings of his pupils. The scholarly work of his foundations is highlighted by a detailed study of the text of the Benedictional of St AEthelwold; other essays look at the music and sculpture performed and produced at AEthelwold's foundations.Contributors: PATRICK WORMALD, ALAN THACKER, BARBARA YORKE, MICHAEL LAPIDGE, ANDREW PRESCOTT, MARY BERRY, ELIZABETH COATSWORTH

God of Israel and Christian Theology (Paperback, New): Kendall Soulen God of Israel and Christian Theology (Paperback, New)
Kendall Soulen
R470 Discovery Miles 4 700 Ships in 10 - 15 working days

With acknowledgment that Christian theology contributed to the persecution and genocide of Jews comes a dilemma: how to excise the cancer without killing the patient? Kendall Soulen shows how important Christian assertions-the uniqueness of Jesus, the Christian covenant, the finality of salvation in Christ-have been formulated in destructive, supersessionist ways not only in the classical period (Justin Martyr, Irenaeus) and early modernity (Kant and Schleiermacher) but even contemporary theology (Barth and Rahner). Along with this first full-scale critique of Christian supersessionism, Soulen's own constructive proposal regraps the narrative unity of Christian identity and the canon through an original and important insight into the divine-human covenant, the election of Israel, and the meaning of history.

40 Days with the Fathers: Companion Texts (Paperback): Luke J Wilson 40 Days with the Fathers: Companion Texts (Paperback)
Luke J Wilson; Edited by Philip Schaff, Alexander Roberts DD, James Donaldson, LL.D.; Introduction by Arthur Cleveland Coxe, D.D; Notes by …
R644 R542 Discovery Miles 5 420 Save R102 (16%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days
Images of Conversion in St. Augustine's Confessions (Hardcover, New): Robert J O'Connell Images of Conversion in St. Augustine's Confessions (Hardcover, New)
Robert J O'Connell
R1,264 R963 Discovery Miles 9 630 Save R301 (24%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days

In his preceding work, Soundings in Augustine's Imagination, Father O'Connell outlined the three basic images Augustine employs to frame his view of the human condition. In the present study, he applies the same techniques of image-analysis to the three major "conversions" recounted in the Confessions. Those conversions were occasioned, first, by Augustine's youthful reading of Cicero's Hortensius, then by his reading of what he calls the "books of the Platonists", and finally, most decisively, by his fateful reading in that Milanese garden of the explosive capitulum, or "chapterlet", from St. Paul's Epistle to the Romans. Dissection of Augustine's imagery discloses a chain of striking connections between these conversions. Each of them, for instance, features a return to a woman - now a bridal, now a maternal figure, and finally, a mysterious stand-in for Divine Wisdom, both bridal and maternal. Unsurprisingly, conversion-imagery also provokes a fresh estimate of the sexual component in Augustine's religious biography; but the sexual aspect is balanced by Augustine's insistent stress on the "vanity" of his worldly ambitions. Perhaps most arresting of all is Father O'Connell's analysis showing that the text that Augustine read from Romans consisted of not only two, but four verses: hence the dramatic procession of images which make up the structure of the Confessions, Book VII; hence, too, the presence, subtle but real, of those same image-complexes in the Dialogues Augustine composed soon after his conversion in A.D. 386.

The Book of Sainte Foy (Paperback): Pamela Sheingorn The Book of Sainte Foy (Paperback)
Pamela Sheingorn
R620 R507 Discovery Miles 5 070 Save R113 (18%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

The miracle stories surrounding Sainte Foy form one of the most complete sets of material relating to a medieval saint's cult and its practices. Pamela Sheingorn's superb translation from the Medieval Latin texts now makes this literature available in English. "The Book of Sainte Foy" recounts the virgin saint's martyrdom in the third century ("Passio"), the theft of her relics in the late ninth century by the monks of the monastery at Conques ("Translatio"), and her diverse miracles ("Liber miraculorum"); also included is a rendering of the Proven&cceil;al Chanson de Sainte Foy, translated by Robert L. A. Clark. The miracles distinguish Sainte Foy as an unusual and highly individualistic child saint displaying a fondness for gold and pretty things, as well as a penchant for playing practical jokes on her worshippers. In his record of Sainte Foy, Bernard of Angers, the eleventh-century author of the first parts of the "Liber miraculorum," emphasized the saint's "unheard of" miracles, such as replacing missing body parts and bringing dead animals back to life. The introduction to the volume situates Sainte Foy in the history in the history of hagiography and places the saint and her monastery in the social context of the high Middle Ages. Sheingorn also evokes the rugged landscape of south central France, the picturesque village of Conques on the pilgrimage road, and, most important, the golden, jewel-encrusted reliquary statue that medieval believers saw as the embodiment of Sainte Foy's miracle-working power. In no other book will readers enjoy such a comprehensive portrait of Sainte Foy and the culture that nurtured her. Pamela Sheingorn is Professor of Art at Baruch College, CUNY, and Professor of Medieval Studies at the Graduate School, CUNY.

Isle of the Saints - Monastic Settlement and Christian Community in Early Ireland (Paperback): Lisa M. Bitel Isle of the Saints - Monastic Settlement and Christian Community in Early Ireland (Paperback)
Lisa M. Bitel
R666 R565 Discovery Miles 5 650 Save R101 (15%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

Isle of the Saints recreates the harsh yet richly spiritual world of medieval Irish monks on the Christian frontier of barbarian Europe. Lisa Bitel draws on accounts of saints' lives written between 800 and 1200 to explain, from the monks' own perspective, the social networks that bound them to one another and to their secular neighbors.

Icon - Studies in the History of An Idea (Paperback, New Ed): Moshe Barasch, Luci Serrano Icon - Studies in the History of An Idea (Paperback, New Ed)
Moshe Barasch, Luci Serrano
R643 R546 Discovery Miles 5 460 Save R97 (15%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

Over the centuries, European debate about the nature and status of images of God and sacred figures has often upset the established order and shaken societies to their core. Out of this debate, an identifiable doctrine has emerged of the image in general and of the divine image in particular. This fascinating work concentrates on these historical arguments, from the period of Late Antiquity up to the great and classic defenses of images by St. John of Damascus and Theodore of Studion. Icon extends beyond the immediate concerns of religion, philosophy, aesthetics, history, and art, to engage them all.

Church Fathers, Independent Virgins (Paperback, New edition): Joyce E. Salisbury Church Fathers, Independent Virgins (Paperback, New edition)
Joyce E. Salisbury
R377 Discovery Miles 3 770 Ships in 10 - 15 working days

Domestic harmony from the first to the fourth century AD was seriously undermined by an ascetic tradition which advocated chastity and virginity, and appealed particularly to women. Ascetic renunciation freed holy women of traditional womanly duties and modes of dress and behaviour. The Church Fathers were placed in a curious dilemma - while they welcomed the idea of celibacy as a route to higher spirituality, when their wives and daughters began to renounce their sexual roles and assume spiritual and social independence, the Church found it difficult to accept. Saints such as Mary of Egypt, a converted up-market prostitute who lived naked in the desert and howled at St Zozimas all night, provoked the Church Fathers to introduce legislation to bring the holy women under control. Salisbury traces these debates and legislation within the Church, and contrasts them with the real life histories of seven truly remarkable women Saints.

Icon - Studies in the History of An Idea (Hardcover, New): Moshe Barasch, Luci Serrano Icon - Studies in the History of An Idea (Hardcover, New)
Moshe Barasch, Luci Serrano
R2,078 R1,649 Discovery Miles 16 490 Save R429 (21%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

Over the centuries, European debate about the nature and status of images of God and sacred figures has often upset the established order and shaken societies to their core. Out of this debate, an identifiable doctrine has emerged of the image in general and of the divine image in particular. This fascinating work concentrates on these historical arguments, from the period of Late Antiquity up to the great and classic defenses of images by St. John of Damascus and Theodore of Studion. Icon extends beyond the immediate concerns of religion, philosophy, aesthetics, history, and art, to engage them all.

The Investiture Controversy - Church and Monarchy from the Ninth to the Twelfth Century (Paperback, Revised): Uta-Renate... The Investiture Controversy - Church and Monarchy from the Ninth to the Twelfth Century (Paperback, Revised)
Uta-Renate Blumenthal
R607 R494 Discovery Miles 4 940 Save R113 (19%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

"This book describes the roots of a set of ideals that effected a radical transformation of eleventh-century European society that led to the confrontation between church and monarchy known as the investiture struggle or Gregorian reform. Ideas cannot be divorced from reality, especially not in the Middle Ages. I present them, therefore, in their contemporary political, social, and cultural context."--from the Preface

On Faith - Summa Theologiae 2-2, qq. 1-16 of St. Thomas Aquinas (Paperback): Thomas Aquinas On Faith - Summa Theologiae 2-2, qq. 1-16 of St. Thomas Aquinas (Paperback)
Thomas Aquinas; Translated by Mark D. Jordan
R901 R583 Discovery Miles 5 830 Save R318 (35%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

There are numerous Summas from the thirteenth century, but none quite like Thomas Aquinas's Summa Theologiae in simplicity, scope, and rigor of organization. The structure of the Summa may seem complex to those approaching it for the first time, but it is a remarkable feat of clarity in comparison with its predecessors. In his spare and accessible English translation, Mark D. Jordan captures this clarity in Thomas's discussion of the theological virtue of faith.

Early Monasteries in Cornwall (Hardcover, New): Lynette Olson Early Monasteries in Cornwall (Hardcover, New)
Lynette Olson
R1,704 Discovery Miles 17 040 Ships in 10 - 15 working days

This is the first study for more than seventy years to consider the early monasteries of Cornwall through a combination of evidence --written sources (the first hagiography of Brittany and Cornwall, ecclesiastical documents, Anglo-Saxon charters, Domesday Book), place-names and material remains. The main emphasis is on identifying the sites of these monasteries, and tracing their survival to later periods; Dr Olson also considers the origin and progress of monasticism in south-west Britain, and looks at the monasteries' characteristics and, in a broader context, their place in Church and society.

Celtic Spirituality - Classics of Western Spirituality (Paperback): Oliver Davies Celtic Spirituality - Classics of Western Spirituality (Paperback)
Oliver Davies
R770 R609 Discovery Miles 6 090 Save R161 (21%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days

Sure to be of exceptional interest among scholars as well as recreational readers is this latest volume in the esteemed Classics of Western Spirituality series. Celtic Spirituality offers translations of numerous texts from the Celtic tradition from the 6th through the 13th centuries, in a cross-section of genres and forms, including saints' lives, monastic texts, poetry, devotional texts, liturgical texts, apocrypha, exegetical texts, and theological treatises. Davies has written a helpful introduction, which covers the origins and characteristics of Celtic Christianity and the different genres included in body of the work. He provides readers with insight into the style, form, and character of the texts, including explanation of the Celtic emphasis on orality, the importance of place, emphasis on the environment and animals, and the role of the imagination. Highlights: o Contains a wide diversity of texts. o Highlights a current of spirituality that is both popular, historical, and inspirational. o Will be popular among scholars of spirituality and Celtic history, as well as persons of Celtic descent.

The Social Structure of the Early Christian Communities (Paperback): Dimitris J. Kyrtatas The Social Structure of the Early Christian Communities (Paperback)
Dimitris J. Kyrtatas
R723 Discovery Miles 7 230 Ships in 7 - 11 working days
Pelagius' Commentary on St Paul's Epistle to the Romans (Paperback, Revised): Pelagius Pelagius' Commentary on St Paul's Epistle to the Romans (Paperback, Revised)
Pelagius; Translated by Theodore De Bruyn
R1,796 Discovery Miles 17 960 Ships in 7 - 11 working days

Pelagius, a British theologian and exegete who taught in Rome during the late 4th and early 5th centuries, was one of the most controversial figures of the early Christian church. This book presents the first English translation of his commentary on Paul's Letter to the Romans, one of only a few of Pelagius' writings to be preserved. In his Introduction, Theodore de Bruyn discusses the context in which Pelagius wrote the commentary and the issues which shaped his interpretation.

Eighty-three Different Questions - Vol. 70 (Paperback): Augustine Eighty-three Different Questions - Vol. 70 (Paperback)
Augustine
R1,008 Discovery Miles 10 080 Ships in 7 - 11 working days

In the autumn of A.D. 388, St. Augustine returned from Italy to northern Africa. Here in his native Thagaste he assembled a monastic community. When the brethren found their leader Augustine in a rare moment of leisure, they had no misgivings about putting questions to him on a variety of topics which he answered from the store of his vast knowledge. These questions together with the answers were later collected and assembled in a random order (ractions ). The English translation presented here affords the reader a rare opportunity to glimpse some of the topics that interested members of a community that eventually gave the early Church four bishops: Alypius of Thagaste, Severus of Milevis, Profuturus of Citra, and Possidius of Calama. Even though St. Augustine intended no specific sequence in this collection, four broad categories in the question and answer literary form are discernible. One category serves as Christian apologetic, e.g., against Arian and Manichaean errors. The second presents Augustine in the role of exegete of selected passages from both the Old and New Testaments. The third and fourth categories, containing the greater number of questions and answers, show Augustine the philosopher and theologian, a person of towering intellectual stature in western Christianity and one of the important "Founders of the Middle Ages." Though formulated between the years A.D. 388 and 395/97 and presented from the viewpoint of Neoplatonists, many topics, e.g., the cause of evil, sin and freewill, still have great relevance for the modern reader.

The First Followers of Jesus - A Sociological Analysis of the Earliest Christianity (Paperback): Gerd Theissen The First Followers of Jesus - A Sociological Analysis of the Earliest Christianity (Paperback)
Gerd Theissen
R681 Discovery Miles 6 810 Ships in 7 - 11 working days

This title provides a sociological investigation into the life of the early Church by one of the 20th-century's leading biblical scholars.

The Teacher; The Free Choice of the Will; Grace and Free Will - Vol. 59 (Paperback): Augustine The Teacher; The Free Choice of the Will; Grace and Free Will - Vol. 59 (Paperback)
Augustine
R1,028 Discovery Miles 10 280 Ships in 7 - 11 working days

St. Augustine (354-430), greatest of the Church Fathers, continues to exercise a unique and profound influence upon the intellectual history of the West after more than fifteen hundred years. Pioneer in the theology of Grace and in a psychological understanding of the Trinity, his impact upon subsequent theological speculation, Protestant as well as Catholic, has been unrivaled. The timeless and timely character of his teaching is perhaps nowhere more apparent than in the documents of the Second Vatican Council where the African Bishop is cited more frequently than any other Father or Doctor of the Church. "Founder of Christian philosophy", his principles and method have largely inspired the rise of such diversified currents of contemporary thought as existentialism, philosophic spiritualism, and personalism. The three works included in the present volume range over a period of some forty years, from Augustine's days as a neo-convert and priest to the closing years of his life as Bishop, and offer representative examples of his rich and versatile genius as Christian pedagogue, philosopher, and theologian.

Homilies, Volume 2 (Homilies 60-96) - Vol. 57 (Paperback): Jerome Homilies, Volume 2 (Homilies 60-96) - Vol. 57 (Paperback)
Jerome
R998 Discovery Miles 9 980 Ships in 7 - 11 working days

This volume of the Homilies of Saint Jerome contains fifteen homilies on Saint Mark's Gospel, Homilies 75-84. In general, as in Volume 1, Morin's text has been followed as reproduced in the Corpus Christianorum, series latina 78. The editors of the Corpus have added two homilies, one delivered on the Feast of the Epiphany from the Gospel of our Lord's baptism and on Psalm 28, edited by B. Capelle; the other on the First Sunday of Lent, edited by I. Fraipont. In the present volume, they are Homilies 89 and 90. Dom Germain Morin, as noted in the Introduction of Volume 1 of this translation, discovered fourteen homilies, providing a second series on the Psalms, in four Italian Codices dating from the tenth and fifteenth centuries. He examined with great care their probable identity with, or relationship to, the lost homilies of Saint Jerome catalogues in De viris illustribus 'on the Psalms, from the tenth to the sixteenth, seven homilies.' There is more work to be done and many problems to be resolved, however, before this identification can be established with certitude. This chief obstacle is that of chronology. The De viris illustibus was written in all probability in 392-393, whereas the homilies appear to have been written in 402, the date determined by the study of Dom Morin. Other scholars, as U. Moricca, A. Penna, G. Grutzmacher, give 394 and 413 as the earliest and latest dates, respectively, for all the homilies. There is question also whether the Septuagint or the Hebrew Psalter was in the hands of Jerome when he wrote or preached the homilies on Psalms 10 and 15. They seem, in fact, to have been written rather than delivered, for he speaks of readers rather than hearers. They differ from the regular series of sermons in their greater erudition, more sophisticated language, many Greek expressions, and variations from the Hexapla. The closing doxology so characteristic of the other sermons is missing in them. They are much longer, and Jerome speaks of certain details as if he had already explained them. On the whole, they give evidence, too, of greater care in preparation.

The Blackwell Companion to Eastern Christianity (Hardcover): Ken Parry The Blackwell Companion to Eastern Christianity (Hardcover)
Ken Parry
R3,824 R3,414 Discovery Miles 34 140 Save R410 (11%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

Now available in paperback, this "Companion" offers an unparalleled survey of the history, theology, doctrine, worship, art, culture and politics that make up the churches of Eastern Christianity. Covers both Byzantine traditions (such as the Greek, Russian and Georgian churches) and Oriental traditions (such as the Armenian, Coptic and Syrian churches)
Brings together an international team of experts to offer the first book of its kind on the subject of Eastern Christianity
Contributes to our understanding of recent political events in the Middle East and Eastern Europe by providing much needed background information
May be used alongside "The Blackwell Dictionary of Eastern Christianity" (1999) for a complete student resource

Early Dominicans - Selected Writings (Paperback): Simon Tugwell Early Dominicans - Selected Writings (Paperback)
Simon Tugwell
R886 R792 Discovery Miles 7 920 Save R94 (11%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days

"...clearly a must for all libraries...and for all readers interested in spirituality." Religious Studies Review Early Dominicans: Selected Writings edited with an introduction by Simon Tugwell, O.P. [reface buy Father Vincent de Couesnongle, O.P. "He [Dominic] thought he would only really be a member of Christ's Body when he could spend himself utterly with all his strength in the winning of souls, just as the Saviour of us all, the Lord Jesus, gave himself up entirely for our salvation." Jordan of Saxony (d. 1237) The spirituality of St. Dominic and his early followers was a dynamic force in thirteenth-century Europe. In this volume the writings of Dominic's early disciples are presented in a fresh, lively translation by Simon Tugwell, O.P., of Blackfriars, Oxford. The simplicity, ruggedness, and clarity of the Dominicans' biblically-based, Christ-centered spirituality is illustrated in Jean de Mailly's Life of St. Dominic, The Nine Ways of Prayer of St. Dominic, and the writings of Jordan of Saxony, Peter of Rheims, Thomas Agni, and Robert Kilwardby. The importance of preaching in the Dominican tradition is reflected in the book's main selection, Humbert of Romans' Treatise on the Formation of Preachers. The breadth of Dominican piety represented by these selections and the fine preface by the Master of the Order of Preachers, Father Vincent de Couesnongle, O.P., plus Tugwell's brilliant introduction, called by Spirituality Today "the best treatise on Dominican spirituality now available," combine in making this a truly classic volume.

Basic Writings - Proslogium, Mologium, Gaunilo's In Behalf of the Fool, Cur Deus Homo (Paperback, 2nd Revised edition):... Basic Writings - Proslogium, Mologium, Gaunilo's In Behalf of the Fool, Cur Deus Homo (Paperback, 2nd Revised edition)
Anselm; Translated by S.N. Deane
R797 R618 Discovery Miles 6 180 Save R179 (22%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days

Anselm of Canterbury (1033-1109) was one of the originators of medievil scholastic philosophy. This collection of his best-known philosophical works contains, among other things, the Proslogium, in which Anselm first put forward the famous ontological argument for the existence of God. Also included are Gaunilo of Maurmoutier's criticism of Anselm's argument and Anselm's reply to Gaunilo.

Medieval Religious Rationalities - A Weberian Analysis (Hardcover): David d'Avray Medieval Religious Rationalities - A Weberian Analysis (Hardcover)
David d'Avray
R1,389 Discovery Miles 13 890 Ships in 10 - 15 working days

Inspired by the social theories of Max Weber, David d'Avray asks in what senses medieval religion was rational and, in doing so, proposes a new approach to the study of the medieval past. Applying ideas developed in his companion volume on Rationalities in History, he explores how values, instrumental calculation, legal formality and substantive rationality interact and the ways in which medieval beliefs were strengthened by their mutual connections, by experience, and by mental images. He sheds new light on key themes and figures in medieval religion ranging from conversion, miracles and the ideas of Bernard of Clairvaux to Trinitarianism, papal government and Francis of Assisi's charismatic authority. This book shows how values and instrumental calculation affect each other in practice and demonstrates the ways in which the application of social theory can be used to generate fresh empirical research as well as new interpretative insights.

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