Church and society in Byzantium under the Comneni, 1081-1261

In this major study the theme of 'church and society' provides a means of examining the condition of the Byzantine Empire at an important period of its history, up to and well beyond the fall of Constantinople in 1204. Of all the Byzantine dynasties, the Comneni came closest to realising t...

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Subtitles:Church & Society in Byzantium under the Comneni, 1081–1261
Main Author: Angold, Michael 1940-
Format: Electronic Book
Language:English
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Published: Cambridge Cambridge University Press 1995.
Standardized Subjects / Keyword chains:B Comneni Family / Byzantine Empire / Church / Society / History 1081-1261
Further subjects:B Byzantine Empire Church history
B Byzantine Empire History, 1081-1453
B Byzantine Empire History 1081-1453
B Byzantine Empire ; History ; 1081-1453
B Byzantine Empire ; Church history
B Orthodox Eastern Church ; History
B Orthodox Eastern Church
B Caesaropapism History
B Orthodox Eastern Church History
B Caesaropapism ; History
Online Access: Volltext (Verlag)
Parallel Edition:Non-electronic
Print version: 9780521264327
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Summary:In this major study the theme of 'church and society' provides a means of examining the condition of the Byzantine Empire at an important period of its history, up to and well beyond the fall of Constantinople in 1204. Of all the Byzantine dynasties, the Comneni came closest to realising the Caesaro-papist ideal. However, Comnenian control over the Orthodox church was both deceptive and damaging: deceptive because the church's institutional strength increased, and with it its hold over lay society, damaging because the church's leadership was demoralised by subservience to imperial authority. The church found itself with the strength but not the will to assert itself against an imperial establishment that was in rapid decline by 1180; and neither side was in a position to provide Byzantine society with a sense of purpose. This lack of direction lay at the heart of the malaise that afflicted Byzantium at the time of the fourth crusade. The impasse was resolved after 1204, when in exile the Orthodox church took the lead in reconstructing Byzantine society.
I. Eleventh century : Conflict and debate -- II. Emperors and patriarchs : Alexius I Comnenus and the church ; Church and politics under Manuel I Comnenus ; The failure of the Comnenian church settlement -- III. The bishop and local society : The framework ; Theophylact of Ohrid ; Michael Italikos and George Tornikes ; Eustathius of Thessalonica ; Michael Choniates ; John Apokaukos ; George Bardanes ; Demetrius Chomatianos -- IV. Monasteries and society : Alexius I Comnenus and monasticism ; Manuel I Comnenus and the monasteries ; The role of the monasteries under the Comneni ; The monastic estate and society ; Lay patronage and the monasteries ; The condition of the monasteries under the Comneni -- V. Religion and society : Lay piety: framework and assumptions ; Law and marriage ; Byzantine women ; Lay piety at Byzantium: beliefs and customs ; The Bobomils -- VI. Exile 1204-1261 : Byzantium and the Latins ; Imperial authority and the orthodox church
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ISBN:0511562349
Persistent identifiers:DOI: 10.1017/CBO9780511562341