Peter Brown's The 'rise of western christendom', second edition: A review essay

Moorhead, J. A. (2005) Peter Brown's The 'rise of western christendom', second edition: A review essay. Journal of Religious History, 29 1: 67-76. doi:10.1111/j.1467-9809.2005.00261.x

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Author Moorhead, J. A.
Title Peter Brown's The 'rise of western christendom', second edition: A review essay
Journal name Journal of Religious History   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0022-4227
Publication date 2005-02
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1111/j.1467-9809.2005.00261.x
Volume 29
Issue 1
Start page 67
End page 76
Total pages 10
Editor N. Doumanis
N. Eckstein
Place of publication Australia
Publisher Blackwell Publishing Asia
Collection year 2005
Language eng
Subject C1
440204 Christian Theology (incl. Biblical Studies and Church History)
780199 Other
Abstract Peter Brown, perhaps the world's leading scholar in the field of late antiquity, has produced a substantially revised and expanded edition of one of his major books, drawing on the vast volume of recent work. This essay summarizes its central arguments, especially the significance it attributes to developments away from the Mediterranean and to the seventh century, which together allow the topic to be seen in a compelling new light. It applauds the sustained excellence of Brown's prose, as well as his frame of reference and historical imagination. Some questions are raised concerning his deployment of sources, the importance given to the north, the ability to make decisions that people are credited with, and the coming of Islam. That a scholar of Brown's eminence is able to relish and appropriate effectively work that appeared subsequent to the first edition of this book is a tribute to his stature.
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