Religion, Politics and Society in Britain, 800-1066.
By: Redgate, A E.Material type: TextSeries: eBooks on Demand.Religion, Politics and Society in Britain: Publisher: London : Taylor and Francis, 2014Copyright date: ©2014Description: 1 online resource (317 pages).Content type: text Media type: computer Carrier type: online resourceISBN: 9781317805359.Subject(s): Anglo-Saxons -- Politics and government | Anglo-Saxons -- Social conditions | Christianity -- Great Britain -- History | Christianity and politics -- Great Britain -- History -- To 1500 | Great Britain -- History -- Anglo-Saxon period, 449-1066 | Religion and politics -- Great Britain -- History -- To 1500Genre/Form: Electronic books.Additional physical formats: Print version:: Religion, Politics and Society in Britain, 800-1066DDC classification: 941.01 LOC classification: DA152 -- .R37 2014Online resources: Click here to view this ebook.
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Cover -- Half Title -- Title Page -- Copyright Page -- Dedication -- Table of Contents -- Acknowledgements -- Series Editor's Preface -- Note on References -- Maps -- Part I Britain c. 800-c. 1066 -- 1 Britain in c. 800 and in c. 1066: Changes and continuities -- Introduction -- Politics, economy, religion, culture and society c. 800 -- Continuity and change: politics, economy, religion, culture and society on the eve of the Norman Conquest, 1066 -- 2 Records and remains: Religion and reconstructions -- A holistic approach -- Material remains -- Linguistic evidence -- Texts - England -- Texts - Scotland and Wales -- Approaches and methodologies -- A case study in comparative history: vernacular liturgy -- Part II Beginnings: Identities and communities -- 3 Kings: Christianity and control -- Introduction -- Self-representation and representation -- Strong kingship and control of the Church -- 4 Kings: Christianity and acceptance -- Unification -- Dynasties and legitimacy -- Other methods of control and unification -- 5 Churches: Boundaries and aspirations -- Introduction -- Archbishoprics and bishoprics -- Monasteries, minsters and parishes -- Parishes, local churches and secular lordship -- National Churches? -- 6 Social Cohesion -- Introduction -- Christians, nations and kingdoms -- Dioceses, towns, villages and localities -- Monasticism, penance, pilgrimage, saints, spiritual kinship and prayer -- Scots and Welsh communities and their bonds -- Part III Ends: The structuring of society -- 7 The Church in society -- Introduction -- Political theory and engagement -- The Church and gender -- 8 Women's agency -- Misogyny and emancipation -- Property -- Vowesses, cloistered women and saints -- Women in British and Scots' societies -- 9 The Church in the landscape -- The physical reality -- The Church in the economy.
The Church and socio-economic change -- Part IV Means: Order and individuals -- 10 Government, law and administration -- High politics and government -- Law, law courts and the legal system -- Dues, troops and war -- Diplomacy: embassies and letters -- Scotland and Wales -- 11 Pastoral care -- Introduction -- Pastoral care in England before the great reform -- Pastoral care in late Anglo-Saxon England: aspirations, complaints and concern -- Pastoral care in late Anglo-Saxon England: an optimistic view -- Beyond the English: pastoral care in Scotland and Wales -- 12 The Christian's life -- Routines and special occasions -- Evil and misfortune -- Sin and salvation -- Conclusion: 1066 -- Bibliography -- Index.
Using a comparative and broad perspective, Religion, Politics and Society in Britain 800-1066 draws on archaeology, art history, material culture, texts from charms to chronicles, from royal law-codes to sermons to poems, and other evidence to demonstrate the centrality of Christianity and the Church in Britain 800-1066. It delineates their contributions to the changes in politics, economy, society and culture that occurred between 800 and 1066, from nation-building to practicalities of government to landscape. The period 800-1066 saw the beginnings of a fundamental restructuring of politics, society and economy throughout Christian Europe in which religion played a central role. In Britain too the interaction of religion with politics and society was profound and pervasive. There was no part of life which Christianity and the Church did not touch: they affected belief, thought and behaviour at all levels of society. This book points out interconnections within society and between archaeological, art historical and literary evidence and similarities between aspects of culture not only within Britain but also in comparison with Armenian Christendom. A. E. Redgate explores the importance of religious ideas, institutions, personnel and practices in the creation and expression of identities and communities, the structure and functioning of society and the life of the individual. This book will be essential reading for students of early medieval Britain and religious and social history.
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