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Church and society in the last centuries of Byzantium / Donald M. Nicol.


Cambridge [England] ; New York : Cambridge University Press, 1979.
ISBN 0521224381, 9780521224383

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Subjects Byzantine Empire -- Civilization -- 1081-1453.
Byzantine Empire -- History -- 1081-1453.
Byzantine Empire.
Church history -- Middle Ages, 600-1500.
Church history -- Middle Ages.
Civilization.
Empire byzantin -- Civilisation.
Empire byzantin -- Histoire.
Kerk en maatschappij.
Social history -- Medieval, 500-1500.
Social history -- Medieval.
Series Birkbeck lectures ; 1977.
Description 162 pages ; 22 cm.
Copyright Date 1979.
Notes Includes bibliographical references (pages 134-155) and index.
Summary The Byzantines lived in a theocratic society. They were less ready than their western contemporaries to draw the line between things spiritual and things temporal, between Church and state. This book explores some of the characteristics of that society in the age of its decline and fall between the thirteenth and the fifteenth centuries. Though irremediably shattered by the effects of the Fourth Crusade in 1204, the Byzantine Empire found the will to reassert itself and to endure for another 250 years. Material recovery was hardly possible, but there was a remarkable reawakening of scholarship and of the spiritual life. The world's debt to some of the late Byzantine scholars is known to classicists and to students of the Italian Renaissance. The contribution of the latter-day saints of Byzantium, the hesychasts and scholars of the spirit, has been less publicized.
Contents 1. The background: the theocratic Empire -- 2. Saints and scholars: the 'Inner' and the 'outer' wisdom -- 3. Byzantium between east and west: the two nations' -- 4. The end of the world.
Genre History.
Geographic Area Mediterranean Sea
Network Numbers (OCoLC)4492377
(OCoLC)ocm04492377
WorldCat Search OCLC WorldCat
WorldCat Identities Nicol, Donald MacGillivray.
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