Chapter 3. Late Antiquity in the Medieval West

  1. Philip Rousseau
  1. Conrad Leyser Fellow Tutor

Published Online: 9 MAR 2009

DOI: 10.1002/9781444306101.ch3

A Companion to Late Antiquity

A Companion to Late Antiquity

How to Cite

Leyser, C. (2009) Late Antiquity in the Medieval West, in A Companion to Late Antiquity (ed P. Rousseau), Wiley-Blackwell, Oxford, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781444306101.ch3

Editor Information

  1. Andrew W. Mellon Professor of Early Christian Studies, The Catholic University of America, USA

Author Information

  1. History at Worcester College, Oxford, England

  1. My thanks to Richard Corradini, Maximilian Diesenberger, Henrietta Leyser, and in Particular to Kate Cooper, Helmut Reimitz, and Mark Vessey

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 9 MAR 2009
  2. Published Print: 30 JAN 2009

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9781405119801

Online ISBN: 9781444306101



  • late antiquity in the medieval West;
  • Life of Teresa of Avila by Herself - strange shape and formidable power of Late Antiquity across West medieval period;
  • Letters and renewing of memory - The Carolingian Renaissance;
  • sites of memory - monasticism and cult of saints;
  • making of Gregory “the Great”;
  • Late Roman learning in the west - preservation and transmission


This chapter contains sections titled:

  • Letters and the Renewing of Memory: The Carolingian Renaissance

  • Sites of Memory: Monasticism and the Cult of the Saints

  • The Making of Gregory “the Great”

  • Conclusion

  • Bibliographical Note