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Published: 30 December 2014

336 Pages

9.2 x 6.1 inches

ISBN: 9780198718031

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The Formation of Christian Europe

The Carolingians, Baptism, and the Imperium Christianum

Owen M. Phelan

  • Explores sacramentum as an ordering concept for Latin authors from Antiquity to the early Middle Ages
  • Examines how early medieval approaches to baptism reflect and underscore the utility of sacramentum for organizing political, theological, and cultural agendas
  • Traces baptism's hold on Carolingian ideas of people and society theologically, socially, politically, and culturally
  • Assesses the internalization of sacramental thinking conveyed by baptism throughout the imperium christianum of the ninth century