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R. A. Markus's new and accessible work is the first full study of Gregory the Great since that of F. H. Dudden (1905) to deal with Gregory's life and work as well as with his thought and spirituality. With his command of Gregory's works and of the entire Latin tradition from which he came, Markus portrays vividly the daily problems of one of the most attractive characters ...more
Paperback, 241 pages
Published September 10th 1997 by Cambridge University Press
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Gregory is sometimes described as the first medieval pope, but the scholarly consensus would tend to negate this view. Gregory was fully steeped in the lingering world of imperial Rome, now centered on Constantinople. He was not really looking to advance what is sometimes seen as the general papal agenda of primacy, although he was certainly a firm defender of it within the status quo of his day. His missionary efforts to England and correspondence with the rulers and bishops of France and Spain ...more
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Robert Austin Markus was a distinguished medieval and ecclesiastical historian known principally for his writings on St Augustine and the history of the early Church.