The Church and Some Unsolved Problems

J. M. Wallace‐Hadrill

in The Frankish Church

Published in print December 1983 | ISBN: 9780198269069
Published online November 2003 | e-ISBN: 9780191600777 | DOI:

Series: Oxford History of the Christian Church

 The Church and Some Unsolved Problems

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Addresses some of the still unresolved problems in the Carolingian period. The first problem is that of the Jews, who worried the conscience of mediaeval Christians particularly painfully in Carolingian Europe. Second, the fundamental issue of the marriage bond is discussed: what did the Frankish Church make of the relationship of men with women within marriage and outside it? This answer is not found in the legislation of the Church, although this did give guidelines. Third, and last, there is the matter of exterae gentes — the Church's sense of mission — its conversion of real pagans, which was so much the quickening spirit of Frankish Church, and constituted a quite different story to that under the Merovingian Church.

Keywords: Carolingian Europe; Carolingian period; conversion; exterae gentes; Frankish Church; history; Jews; marriage; men; mission; pagans; problems; religious history; women

Chapter.  14251 words. 

Subjects: History of Christianity

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