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The Formation of Christendom (Princeton Classics #120) (Paperback)

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A groundbreaking history of how the Christian "West" emerged from the ancient Mediterranean world

In this acclaimed history of Early Christendom, Judith Herrin shows how--from the sack of Rome in 410 to the coronation of Charlemagne in 800--the Christian "West" grew out of an ancient Mediterranean world divided between the Roman west, the Byzantine east, and the Muslim south. Demonstrating that religion was the period's defining force, she reveals how the clash over graven images, banned by Islam, both provoked iconoclasm in Constantinople and generated a distinct western commitment to Christian pictorial narrative. In a new preface, Herrin discusses the book's origins, reception, and influence.

About the Author


Judith Herrin is professor emeritus in the Department of Classics at King's College London. Her books include Ravenna: Capital of Empire, Crucible of Europe; Byzantium: The Surprising Life of a Medieval Empire; Unrivalled Influence: Women and Empire in Byzantium; Margins and Metropolis: Authority across the Byzantine Empire; and Women in Purple: Rulers of Medieval Byzantium (all Princeton). She lives in Oxford, England.


Product Details
ISBN: 9780691219219
ISBN-10: 0691219214
Publisher: Princeton University Press
Publication Date: October 19th, 2021
Pages: 568
Language: English
Series: Princeton Classics