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Consul of God (Routledge Revivals)
The Life and Times of Gregory the Great





ISBN 9781138777620
Published September 27, 2015 by Routledge
310 Pages

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Book Description

Gregory the Great, whose reign spanned the years between 590 and 604 A.D., was one of the most remarkable figures of the early medieval Papacy. Aristocrat, administrator, teacher and scholar, he ascended the throne of St Peter at a time of acute crisis for the Roman Church.

Consul of God, first published in 1980, revises the traditional picture of Pope Gregory. It examines how he organised the central administration of the Papacy and his unremitting war on heresy and schism. Gregory also pioneered a new pastoral tradition in learning, promoted monasticism, and trained the episcopate.

Jeffrey Richards demonstrates that Gregory was both a conservative and a pioneer, and just as his reign looked forward to the medieval world it also looked back to a vanishing world of imperial unity. He was thus the last representative of those Roman senators whose fortitude and energy he emulated, earning the epitaph ‘Consul of God’.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgements;  Introduction  1. The World of Gregory the Great  2. Gregory’s Early Life  3. Character and Outlook  4. Gregory’s World-View  5. The Gregorian Court Circle  6. Central Administration: (1) War, Finance and Supply  7. Central Administration: (2) Law, Discipline and Liturgy  8. Patrimonial Administration  9. Gregory and the Episcopate: (1) Sicily  10. Gregory and the Episcopate: (2) Italy  11. Gregory and the Lombards  12. Gregory and the West  13. Gregory and the East  14. Gregory’s Missionary Activities  15. Gregory and Monasticism  16. The Legacy of Gregory;  Abbreviations;  Notes;  Bibliography;  Index

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