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Gregory the Great and His World by Robert Austin Markus

By Robert Austin Markus

The booklet is a learn of Gregory the good, the pope who despatched Augustine (of Canterbury) and his fellow missionaries to transform the heathen English to Christianity (597). Markus supplies a whole account of Gregory's lifestyles and paintings, his concept and spirituality, in the environment of the area on the finish of the 6th century. At a time of catastrophic switch in Europe, Gregory's paintings as pope stands at the threshold of medieval Western Europe. The e-book bargains with each point of his hold forth, supplying a tremendous contribution to the research of past due old society.

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14�18). Cf. Ep. 19: Gregory vetoes the election of a simple�minded candidate, because nowadays bishops have to >ook after their flocks' 'external needs' or their cities' defence; cf. Ep. 6; 29. On the secular cares of bishops, see Hurten, 'Gregor der Große', 32-9. 6. On this see Leyser, 'Let me speak'. 26 Gregory the Great and his world Him as we pass to and fro while serving. And what does it mean to glimpse the Lord in passing, but to direct to Him the intention of our hearts in all our good works?

G r e g o r y will often b l a m e it simply on the weakness of fallen h u m a n n a t u r e : the mind's liability to c h a n g e, o u r inability to sustain a settled p u r p o s e , faltering in o u r efforts, allowing 'slippery mutability' to divert us. 2 2 T h i s is p a r t of the u n e n d i n g struggle of flesh a n d spirit in o u r sinful state. But G r e g o r y gives even m o r e weight to a n o t h e r kind of reason for 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 a Mor. 88; the discusssion extends to the e n d of Book xvtll.

20. Though not -is rare as Folliet thought when he noted the unusual sense of rector used to designate les chefs de l'Église': 'Les trois categories', 84, η. 1 have attempted an explanation for Gregory's use of the term in Markus, 'Gregory the Great's rector', on which some of what follows is based. More precedents than noted by Folliet ran now easily be found. Among them particularly noteworthy are occurrences in Aponius's Commentary on the Song of Songs, known to Gregory: Belanger, Introduction', 35�41.

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