4. The Early Middle Ages

  1. M. A. R. Habib

Published Online: 24 FEB 2012

DOI: 10.1002/9781444328004.ch4

Literary Criticism from Plato to the Present: An Introduction

Literary Criticism from Plato to the Present: An Introduction

How to Cite

Habib, M. A. R. (2010) The Early Middle Ages, in Literary Criticism from Plato to the Present: An Introduction, Wiley-Blackwell, Oxford, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781444328004.ch4

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 24 FEB 2012
  2. Published Print: 7 JAN 2010

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9781405160346

Online ISBN: 9781444328004

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Keywords:

  • the Medieval Era - early Middle Ages;
  • “Middle Age” (medium aevum) - by Italian humanist thinkers, period-of renaissance, rebirth, and rediscovery of classical thinkers;
  • factors, in the making of the Middle Ages - evolving traditions of Christianity;
  • early Christianity, heterogeneous - sects with disparate beliefs and practices;
  • The Docetae and Basilidans - rejecting factuality of Christ's crucifixion;
  • The Pelagians, denying notion of original sin - and espoused human free will;
  • doctrine of incarnation - not formally adopted until Council of Chalcedon in 451;
  • Latin, the language of scholarship - and law during the Middle Ages;
  • intellectual and theological currents;
  • early Middle Ages, Church's “other-worldly” disposition - subordinating position of literature and arts to pressing issues of salvation and preparation for the next life

Summary

This chapter contains sections titled:

  • Historical Background

  • Intellectual and Theological Currents