The Frankish Church

Hardcover | April 30, 1999

byJ. M. Wallace-Hadrill

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This survey of the development of the Frankish Church under the Merovingian and Carolingian kings (approximately AD 500 - 900) is the first of its kind to appear in English. It is not a story of unimpeded advance towards the Church of medieval France but rather of painful adaptation. It takesaccount of unsolved problems: the reaction of the Church to heresy, to Judaism, to the Frankish ethos of marriage, and to the conversion of peoples outside Francia itself. Special attention is paid to the intellectual interests of churchmen and to the role of the vernacular in transmitting theChristian message to clergy and laity whose Latin was negligible or nil. Much turned on the authority of a succession of rulers who combined deep piety with material needs that were inimical to the Church's position as a great landowner. The advance of the Church was thus hesitant and often baulked. What emerges is the Churchmen's increasing resolve to unite against thepressures of lay domination, and to press forward with their basic duties as converters and teachers.

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This survey of the development of the Frankish Church under the Merovingian and Carolingian kings (approximately AD 500 - 900) is the first of its kind to appear in English. It is not a story of unimpeded advance towards the Church of medieval France but rather of painful adaptation. It takesaccount of unsolved problems: the reaction o...

J. M. Wallace-Hadrill is at University of Oxford.

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:472 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 1.3 inPublished:April 30, 1999Publisher:Oxford University Press

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ISBN - 10:0198269064

ISBN - 13:9780198269069

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"Must be greeted with enthusiasm. Its author is the most distinguished living historian writing in England about early medieval Europe."--History
"A necessary and thus a welcome book....Likely to be the standard English-language treatment of the Frankish Church until the end of the century."--Theological Studies