Cities, Saints, and Communities in Early Medieval Europe
Essays in Honour of Alan Thacker
Scott DeGregorio, Paul Kershaw (eds)
- Pages: 408 p.
- Size:156 x 234 mm
- Illustrations:8 b/w, 9 tables b/w., 1 maps b/w
- Publication Year:2020
- € 105,00 EXCL. VAT RETAIL PRICE
- ISBN: 978-2-503-56504-0
- € 105,00 EXCL. VAT RETAIL PRICE
- ISBN: 978-2-503-56566-8
Explores the insular, the European and, more broadly, the Mediterranean connections and contexts of the history and culture of Anglo-Saxon England.
“Der Band, dessen Aufsätze jeweils einen direkten Bezug zum Geehrten herstellen, sind durchgehend gut geschrieben und von hoher wissenschaftlicher Qualität. Sie bieten einen wertvollen Beitrag zu den genannten Themen.” (Laury Sarti, in Historische Zeitschrift, 313, 2021, p. 769)
“The quality of these chapters is uniformly excellent.” (Raymond Van Dam, in The Medieval Review, 22.01.17)
“The celebration of Alan Thacker’s stellar contributions to early medieval history has resulted in a stellar contribution. For this reader, there can be no higher praise than that commonly held: this book was so engrossing, I missed my train station.” (Stephen J. Joyce, in Parergon, 38/2, 2021, p. 207)
“It is a volume worthy of its dedicatee. It will be influential for years to come.” (Andrew Breeze, in Mediaevistik, 34, 2021, p. 406)
This book honours the scholarship of English historian Dr. Alan Thacker by exploring the insular, the European and, more broadly, the Mediterranean connections and contexts of the history and culture of Anglo-Saxon England in the age of Bede, and beyond. It brings together original contributions by leading European and North American scholars of Late Antiquity and the early Middle Ages working across a range of disciplines: history, theology, epigraphy, and art history. Moving from the Irish Sea to the Bosporus, this collection presents a linked world in which saints, scholars, and the city of Rome all played powerful connective roles, creating communities, generating relationships, linking east to west, north to south, and present to past.
As in Thacker’s own work, Bede’s life and thought is a central presence. Bede’s attitudes to historical and contemporaneous conceptions of heresy, to the Irish church, and the evidence for his often complex relationships with his Northumbrian contemporaries all come under scrutiny, together with groundbreaking studies of his exegesis, christology, and historical method. Many of the contributions offer original insights into figures and phenomena that have been the focus of Dr. Thacker’s highly influential scholarship.
List of Illustrations, Acknowledgements
Introduction: Alan T. Thacker, an Appreciation
A Bibliography of the Publications of Alan T. Thacker, 1979–2019
Gildebertus rex fr[ancorum]: The Least–Famous Epitaph of a Merovingian King and the Cult of a Spanish Martyr in Sixth-Century Paris
Mark A. Handley
The ‘Political’ Use of the Cult of Saints in Early Medieval Ravenna
The Impact of the Lateran Council of 649 in Francia: The Martyrdom of Pope Martin and the Life of St Eligius
Bede and Monotheletism
Rectores at Risk: Erudition and Heresy in Bede’s Commentary on Proverbs
Heresy and Authority in Bede’s Letter to Plegwine
Bede and Bishop Acca
King Ceadwalla and Bishop Wilfrid
Bede’s Preferential Treatment of the Irish
Bede’s Midlife Crisis: The Commentary on First Samuel
Bede’s perfecti, the Vision of God, and the Foretaste of Heaven
Bede’s Wise and Foolish Virgins: Streanæshalch and Coldingham
Risano Revisited: A Step Too Far for Charlemagne?
Hincmar of Reims meets Bede
The English Presence in Rome in the Later Anglo-Saxon Period: Change or Continuity?
A Renaissance Synthesis of Ancient Christian Themes: Architecture, Altarpieces, and Imagined Spaces in San Giovanni Crisostomo, Venice, 1495–1520
Éamonn Ó Carragáin