The Formation of Christian Europe: The Carolingians, Baptism, and the Imperium Christianum

Hardcover | November 24, 2014

byOwen M. Phelan

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The Formation of Christian Europe analyses the Carolingians' efforts to form a Christian Empire with the organizing principle of the sacrament of baptism. Owen M. Phelan argues that baptism provided the foundation for this society, and offered a medium for the communication and thepopularization of beliefs and ideas, through which the Carolingian Renewal established the vision of an imperium christianum in Europe. He analyses how baptism unified people theologically, socially, and politically and helped Carolingian leaders order their approaches to public life. It enabledreformers to think in ways which were ideologically consistent, publically available, and socially useful.Phelan also examines the influential court intellectual, Alcuin of York, who worked to implement a sacramental society through baptism. The book finally looks at the dissolution of Carolingian political aspirations for an imperium christianum and how, by the end of the ninth century, politicalfrustrations concealed the deeper achievement of the Carolingian Renewal.

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The Formation of Christian Europe analyses the Carolingians' efforts to form a Christian Empire with the organizing principle of the sacrament of baptism. Owen M. Phelan argues that baptism provided the foundation for this society, and offered a medium for the communication and thepopularization of beliefs and ideas, through which the ...

Owen Phelan is Associate Professor of Church History at Mount Saint Mary's University. Dr. Phelan works on Church History, History of Christianity, and Medieval History. He specializes in the study of Late Antiquity and the Early Middle Ages. He is the co-editor of Rome and Religion in the Medieval World: Studies in Honor of Thomas F....

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:336 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 1 inPublished:November 24, 2014Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0198718039

ISBN - 13:9780198718031

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Introduction1. Sacramentum: An Ordering Concept from Antiquity to the Early Middle Ages2. The Articulation of Polity: Baptism as the Foundation of an Imperium Christianum3. The Carolingian Subject: The Sacramentum of Baptism and the Formation of Identity in Alcuin of York4. The Carolingian Machinery of Christian Formation: Charlemagne's Encyclical Letter n Baptism from 811/812 and its implications5. The Sacramental Assumption: Baptism and Carolingian Society in the Ninth CenturyConclusion: Loss and LegacyBibliographyIndex