Shepherds of the Lord: Priests and Episcopal Statutes in the Carolingian Period Carine Rhijn

ISBN: 9782503523194

Published: August 7th 2007

Hardcover

246 pages


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Shepherds of the Lord: Priests and Episcopal Statutes in the Carolingian Period  by  Carine Rhijn

Shepherds of the Lord: Priests and Episcopal Statutes in the Carolingian Period by Carine Rhijn
August 7th 2007 | Hardcover | PDF, EPUB, FB2, DjVu, AUDIO, mp3, RTF | 246 pages | ISBN: 9782503523194 | 3.52 Mb

This book is the first study of the rural priesthood, its significance, and the statutes written for them in the time of the Carolingians. It seeks to trace and explain the rise and emergence in the Carolingian period of both local priests andMoreThis book is the first study of the rural priesthood, its significance, and the statutes written for them in the time of the Carolingians. It seeks to trace and explain the rise and emergence in the Carolingian period of both local priests and episcopal statutes that aimed at steering their behaviour.

It was in the context of Carolingian ideals of reform, formulated in court-centred circles from the late eighth century onwards, that local priests increasingly came to be seen as those that held the key to turning the local Frankish population into ideal Christians by their word and living example. First of all, however, these educators needed to be educated themselves, hence the emergence of the Episcopal statutes, a new tool to direct the local diocesan clergy into becoming the ideal Shepherds of the Lord that they needed to be.

Smooth as this process of empire-wide reform theoretically was, however, obstacles lurked, both from a top-down (episcopal) and a grass-roots (local) perspective on the status, role, and function of priests. Nevertheless, the ninth century saw the emergence of the priesthood and the development of their role as an important group that connected bishops with the lay inhabitants of their dioceses and, from a higher-up perspective, those who opened up the vast Carolingian country-side to the implementation of the ideal society in the minds of contemporary reformers.



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