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Marcia L. Colish


Yale Univ. Press, New Haven, 1997, 388 pgs., index, end notes, bibliography, illustrations


Reviewer Comment -
A central and fundamental part of history is the history of ideas including the history of ideas about ideas. We, today, are still strongly influenced by ideas developed in medieval Europe and are perhaps even more influenced by our ideas about those ideas. This wonderful book tells the story.




Part I From Roman Christianity to the Latin Christian Culture of the Early Middle Ages


Chapter I - From Apology to the Constantinian Establishment


Chapter 2 - The Latin Church Fathers, I: Ambrose and Jerome


Chapter 3 - The Latin Church Fathers: II, Ausgustine and Gregory the Great


Chapter 4 - Hanging by a Thread: The Transmitters and Monasticism


Chapter 5 - Europe's New Schoolmasers: Franks, Celts, and Anglo-Saxons


Chapter 6 - The Carolingian Renaissance


Part II - Vernacular Culture


Chapter 7 - Celtic and Old French Literature


Chapter 8 - Varieties of Germanic Literature: Old Norse, Old High German, and Old English


Part III - Early Medieval Civilizations Compared


Chapter 9 - Imperial Culture: Byzantium


Chapter 10 - Peoples of the Book: Muslim and Jewish Thought


Chapter 11 - Western European Thought in the Tenth and Eleventh Centuries


Part IV - Latin and Vernacular Literature


Chapter 12 - The Renaissance of the Twelth Century


Chapter 13 - Courtly Love Literature


Chapter 14 - Goliardic Poetry, Fabliaux, Satire, and Drama


Chapter 15 - Later Medieval Literarure


Part V - Mysticism, Devotion and Heresy


Chapter 16 - Cistercians and Victorines


Chapter 17 - Franciscans, Dominicans, and Later Medieval Mystics


Chapter 18 - Heresy in the Twelth and Thirteenth Centuries


Chapter 19 - The Christian Commonwealth Reconfigured: Wycliff and Huss


Part VI - High and Late Medieval Speculative Thought


Chapter 20 - Scholasticism and the Rise of Universities


Chapter 21 - The Twenth Century: The Logica Modernorum and Systemic Theology


Chapter 22 - The Thirteenth Century: Modism and Terminism, Latin Averroism, Bonaventure, and Thomas Aquinas


Chapter 23 - Later Medieval Scholasticism: The Triumph of Terminism, Henry of Ghent, John Scotgus, and William of Ockham


Part VII - The Legacy of Scholasticism


Chapter 24 - The Natural Sciences: Reception and Criticism


Chapter 25 - Economic Theory: Poverty, the Just Price, and Usury


Chapter 26 -Political Theory: Regnum and Sacerdotum, Conciliarism, and Feudal Monarchy


Some references


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Harold J. Berman - Law and Revolution: The Formation of the Western Legal Tradition


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