Journals Higher Education



Published: 09 December 2010

320 Pages


ISBN: 9780199736041

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Heaven's Purge

Purgatory in Late Antiquity

Isabel Moreira

  • Establishes a new perspective on purgatory's early history by examining themes of violence and mediation, and highlights Bede's contribution to providing purgatory with a theological justification
  • Challenges established scholarly assumptions about purgatory's early history
  • Offers new approaches to the history of purgatory, especially in its examination of the role of medical purgation in sustaining notions of a violent, but health-giving afterlife
  • Offers a new interpretation of key texts

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