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Byzantine Christianity, Volume 3
This third volume in the series focuses on the religious lives of ordinary people and introduces the religion of the Byzantine Christian laity by asking the questions: What did ordinary Christians do in church, in their homes and their workshops? How were icons used? Where did they go on pilgrimage?
Hardcover, 252 pages
Published May 31st 2006 by Fortress Press
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Jan 01, 2019 Brian Hutzell rated it really liked it · review of another edition
Have you ever been reading a series of books and come to a volume that you just didn’t want to read, but read it anyway just to get through it and on to the next book in the series? That was the case for me with Byzantine Christianity, which is the third volume in A People’s History of Christianity. I was pleasantly surprised to find myself enjoying this book a lot. This series strikes a nice balance of scholarliness and readability.
The book is part of a series that is trying to uncover from history what the Christian life would have been like for the "average" Christian during the 1000 years of the Byzantine Empire. Unfortunately, as the book notes, there are really very few sources for this information. So more or less the authors try to glean from existing documents ideas of what the life of the laity was like. But this method colors the conclusion, for it turns to the same monastic literature and documents from the Byza ...more
Somewhat more textbooky than I was expecting, but nevertheless an extremely enjoyable and informative read. I particularly enjoyed the chapters on death/dying and children and adolescents, as well as the religious practices of women. For being so concerned with the impact of religion on people's daily lives, however, I was very disappointed to see only a handful of references to eunuchs! For being such a characteristic and highly-visible segment of the Byzantine population, it was a glaring omis ...more
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