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dc.contributor.authorLeontidou, Eleni
dc.date.accessioned2017-11-06T10:16:01Z
dc.date.available2017-11-06T10:16:01Z
dc.date.issued2017-11-01
dc.identifier.urihttps://www.repository.cam.ac.uk/handle/1810/268102
dc.description.abstractThis doctoral thesis deals with the transmission and reception of the works of Cyprian of Carthage in the early Middle Ages. The process of research combined the study of the manuscript transmission of Cyprian’s works with the study of texts that were (in an immediate way or not) influenced by these writings. The connections between the transmission of Cyprian’s writings and the publishing activities of various groups, from the Donatists in fourth-century North Africa to Carolingian priests, is a central part of the thesis. The appropriation of the Church Father by different groups, including Arian writers in the aftermath the Council of Aquileia, proves not only the sense of authority Cyprian’s works invoked but also the, often liberal, way in which ancient works were used or interpreted. In addition, Cyprian was the first Latin Church Father to connect the concept of the unity of the Church with the office of the bishop. He was therefore influential in medieval ecclesiological thought and in the shaping of episcopal identities throughout the early Middle Ages. The thesis examined how Cyprian’s works functioned as tools of legitimisation for the causes of ninth-century bishops, such as Hincmar of Reims; invocations of priestly and episcopal identity, which were often based on Cyprian’s contribution to Catholic theology, enabled influential bishops to affirm their place in a Christian society as major players in ecclesiastical and secular politics.
dc.language.isoen
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dc.subjectEarly Medieval History
dc.subjectText Reception
dc.subjectCultural History
dc.subjectPalaeography
dc.titleThe Reception of Cyprian of Carthage in Early Medieval Europe
dc.typeThesis
dc.type.qualificationlevelDoctoral
dc.type.qualificationnameDoctor of Philosophy (PhD)
dc.publisher.institutionUniversity of Cambridge
dc.publisher.departmentHistory
dc.date.updated2017-11-05T21:34:23Z
dc.identifier.doi10.17863/CAM.14325
dc.publisher.collegeHomerton
dc.type.qualificationtitlePhD in History
cam.supervisorMcKitterick, Rosamond
rioxxterms.freetoread.startdate2400-01-01


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