This book presents ten chapters by an international group of scholars who examine different facets of the Three Chapters Controversy and its profound impact on these regions.
The sixth-century theological controversy over the 'Three Chapters', which centred on the nature of Christ, provoked one of the most serious and long-lived religious schisms of the early Middle Ages. The fault lines ran not only between the Byzantine imperial court and the papacy, but between Rome and the churches in the former western empire’s successor states. In Italy, the schism endured into the seventh century, and the repercussions were felt long thereafter. Though rooted in the complexities of christological debate, the tensions reveal the growing political as well as cultural divide between Byzantium, Rome, and the West. Thus the controversy is critical for our understanding of the late-antique and early-medieval Mediterranean world, and of the inheritance of empire in western Europe and North Africa. This book presents ten chapters by an international group of scholars who examine different facets of the Three Chapters Controversy and its profound impact on these regions.
Introduction - Robert A. Markus and Claire Sotinel
The Three Chapters Controversy and the Council of Chalcedon - Richard M. Price
L’Afrique reconquise et les Trois Chapitres - Yves Modéran
The Three Chapters and the Transformations of Italy - Claire Sotinel
Much Ado About Nothing: Gregory the Great’s Apology to the Istrians - Carole Straw
The Three Chapters Controversy and the Biblical Diagrams of Cassiodorus’s Codex Grandior and Institutions - Celia Chazelle
Il regno longobardo in Italia e i Tre Capitoli - Claudio Azzara
The Franks and Papal Theology, 550–660 - Ian Wood
Heresy in Secundus and Paul the Deacon - Walter Pohl
Epilogue - Robert A. Markus and Claire Sotinel
"This collection of paper makes a significant contribution to our understanding of the complex doctrinal disputes of the fifth and sixth centuries, to our understanding of Justinian's policies and to our knowledge of local ecclesiastical politics in the regions covered." (F. K. Haarer, in: The Journal of Ecclesiastical History, Volume 60/3, July 2009, p. 556-557)
"There is much to approve, and much to be learned, from this collection of essays. That they are the product of a collective decision to work in parallel on the Three Chapters Controversy in the West towards the production of a book probably explains why, unlike so many collections of conference proceedings, even on a well-defined topic, there is surprising coherence, a lack of repetition, and a consistent high quality here." (P. Gray, in: The Medieval Review, 08.01.21)