Early European History by Hutton WebsterEarly European History by Hutton Webster

Early European History

byHutton Webster

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Excerpt: ... great success in this task. He appointed governors of cities, issued orders to generals, drilled the Romans for military defense, and sent ambassadors to treat with the king of the Lombards. It was largely owing to Gregory's efforts that these barbarians were prevented from conquering central Italy. GREGORY'S SPIRITUAL AUTHORITY Gregory was no less eminent as a churchman. His writings and his personal influence greatly furthered the advancement of the Roman Church in the West. We find him sternly repressing heresies wherever they arose, aiding the conversion of Arian Visigoths in Spain and Arian Lombards in Italy, and sending out monks as missionaries to distant Britain. 15 He well deserved by these labors the title "Servant of the servants of God," 16 which he assumed, and which the popes after him have retained. The admiration felt for his character and abilities raised him, in later ages, to the rank of a saint. POSITION OF THE PAPACY When Gregory the Great closed his remarkable career, the Papacy had reached a commanding place in western Christendom. To their spiritual authority the popes had now begun to add some measure of temporal power as rulers at Rome and in Italy. During the eighth century, as we have already learned, 17 the alliance of the popes and the Franks helped further to establish the Papacy as an ecclesiastical monarchy, ruling over both the souls and bodies of men. Henceforth it was to go forward from strength to strength. 124. MONASTICISM THE MONASTIC SPIRIT The Papacy during the Middle Ages found its strongest supporters among the monks. By the time of Gregory the Great monasticism 18 was well established in the Christian Church. Its origin must be sought in the need, often felt by spiritually-minded men, of withdrawing from the world -from its temptations and its transitory pleasures-to a life of solitude, prayer, and religious contemplation. Joined to this feeling has been the conviction that the soul may be purified by...
Title:Early European HistoryFormat:PaperbackDimensions:248 pages, 9.69 × 7.44 × 0.52 inPublished:August 22, 2012Publisher:General Books LLCLanguage:English

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