This text explores the history of the Eastern Church, spreading from Byzantium to the Orthodox Churches of the Balkans and Russia. It also examines the native Eastern Churches of Egypt, Ethiopia, Syria, Armenia and Georgia, and in the process exposes the many factors which contributed to the Christian disunity in the Middle Ages. The book also treats the impact on the East of such movements as the revolutionary Reform Papacy, the crusades, scolasticism and concilarism.
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Dr Aristeides Papadakis is Professor Byzantine History at the University of Maryland (UMBC). He is the author of Crisis in Byzantium and has written extensively on Byzantine history.Review:
Intended not only for students but also for a wider general readership, The Christian East and the Rise of the Papacy: The Church 1071-1453 describes developments in the Churches of East and West in the High Middle Ages. It examines major western movements, such as the revolutionary Reform Papacy, the crusades, scholasticism and concilarism, and discusses their impact on the East. It explores the theological and spiritual currents spreading from Byzantium to the Orthodox Churches of the Balkans and Rus, which helped to maintain the identity and unity of the "Byzantine Commonwealth" even as the empire itself crumbled. It also presents the little known story of the native Eastern Churches of Egypt, Ethiopia, Syria, Armenia and Georgia. In the process it exposes the many factors which contributed to Christian disunity in the Middle Ages and which made even attempts at reunion divisive. The Christian East and the Rise of the Papacy therefore will challenge and stimulate not only church historians but also all who are concerned about issues of Christian unity today. -- Midwest Book Review
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