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The Frankish Church


Clarendon Press 1983

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This survey of the development of the Frankish church under the Merovingian and Carolingian kings (approximately 500–900) is the first of its kind to appear in English. It is not a story of unimpeded advance towards the Church of medieval France but rather of painful adaptation. It takes account of unsolved problems: the reaction of the Church to heresy, to Judaism, to the Frankish ethos of marriage, and to the conversion of peoples outside Francia. Special attention is paid to the intellectual interests of churchmen and to the role of the vernacular in transmitting the Christian message to clergy and laity whose Latin was negligible.

Much turned on the authority of a succession of rulers who combined deep piety with material needs that were inimical to the Church's position as a great landowner. The advance of the Church was thus hesitant and often balked. What emerges is the churchmen’s increasing resolve to unite against the pressures of lay domination, and to press forward with their basic duties as converters and teachers.

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Key Features

  • Presents a survey of the development of the Frankish church
  • Pays special attenton to the intellectual interests of churchmen
  • Takes into account the unsolved problems of the church

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About J. M. Wallace-Hadrill

J. M. Wallace-Hadrill was Chichele Professor of Modern History at University of Oxford and a fellow at All Souls College.

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