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Christianization and Commonwealth in Early Medieval Europe
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Christianization and Commonwealth in Early Medieval Europe: A Ritual Interpretation

Nathan J. Ristuccia


This book re-examines the alterations in Western European life that followed widespread conversion to Christianity—the phenomena traditionally termed “Christianization”; it re-centers scholarly paradigms for Christianization around the development of mandatory rituals. One prominent ritual—Rogationtide, a three-day penitential procession before Ascension Thursday—supplies an ideal case study demonstrating a new paradigm of “Christianization without religion.” Christianization in the Middle Ages was not a slow process through which a Christian system of religious beliefs and practices replaced ... More

Keywords: Christianization, Rogationtide, procession, Christendom, ritual studies, theories of religion, doctrinal instruction, Late Antiquity, early Middle Ages, liturgy

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2018 Print ISBN-13: 9780198810209
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2018 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780198810209.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Nathan J. Ristuccia, author
Collegiate Assistant Professor, University of Chicago