Cambridge Studies in Medieval Life and Thought: Fourth Series: The Reform of the Frankish Church: Chrodegang of Metz and the Regula canonicorum in the Eighth Century Series Number 61 (Hardback)
  • Cambridge Studies in Medieval Life and Thought: Fourth Series: The Reform of the Frankish Church: Chrodegang of Metz and the Regula canonicorum in the Eighth Century Series Number 61 (Hardback)
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Cambridge Studies in Medieval Life and Thought: Fourth Series: The Reform of the Frankish Church: Chrodegang of Metz and the Regula canonicorum in the Eighth Century Series Number 61 (Hardback)

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Chrodegang of Metz (c. 712-766) was a leading figure of the late Merovingian and early Carolingian Church. Born to one of the principal aristocratic families in Austrasia, he served as referendary of Charles Martel, and was appointed bishop of Metz in the 740s. As bishop, Chrodegang became one of the foremost churchmen in Francia, chairing councils, founding monasteries, and beginning a reform of the lives of the canons of the Metz cathedral. This book is a major study in the English language on Chrodegang, examining his preoccupation with the creation of communities of faith and concord modelled on the early Church. It explores his attempts to unite the Frankish episcopacy, his rule for the cathedral clergy in Metz - the Regula canonicorum - and his introduction of new liturgical practices that sought to transform his see into a hagiopolis, a holy city which provided a model for later Carolingian reform.

Publisher: Cambridge University Press
ISBN: 9780521839310
Number of pages: 364
Weight: 700 g
Dimensions: 229 x 152 x 24 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS
'This book bristles with new insights on an important figure, Chrodegang, and on an important topic, building religious community in the early medieval West. Its evocative turns of phrase and its judicious and helpful use of anthropological and narrative theory on almost every page make it a delight to read. Most of all, it's a very good history.' The Medieval Review
"In making the difficult leap from close reading to historical reconstruction and speculation, Claussen provides a model for how to integrate the philological and the theoretical, for how literary analysis can serve historical inquiry, and for why a close reading of the Latin text matters. The result is a compelling book that will be of great interest to both Latinists and church historians." - H-German, Anna Taylor, Department of History, University of Texas at Austin
"This book bristles with new insights on an important figure, Chrodegang, and on an important topic, building religious community in the early medieval West. Its evocative turns of phrase and its judicious and helpful use of anthropological and narrative theory on almost every page make it a delight to read. Most of all, it's a very good history." -John Contreni, The Medieval Review

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