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Kingship and Christianity

Julia M. H. Smith

in Europe after Rome

Published in print June 2007 | ISBN: 9780192892638
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780191670626 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780192892638.003.0008
Kingship and Christianity

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Stephen of Hungary illustrates the ways in which kings were central to the religious life of the early Middle Ages, fostering Christianity and benefiting from the ideology that this religion in turn promoted. This chapter tracks three themes that associated rulers with religion: the royal role in fostering the spread of Christianity at the expense of other religious identities; the distinctions of both practice and perception between Christianity and other early medieval religiosities, and rulers' contribution to ensuring ‘correct’ Christian observance; and the place of kings in early medieval understanding of the relationship of the human to the sacred.

Keywords: Middle Ages; Christianity; pagans; kings; Stephen of Hungary; religious life

Chapter.  15006 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Medieval and Renaissance History (500 to 1500)

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