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The Birth of Purgatory

In The Birth of Purgatory, Jacques Le Goff, the brilliant medievalist and renowned Annales historian, is concerned not with theological discussion but with the growth of an idea, with the relation between belief and society, with mental structures, and with the historical role of the imagination. Le Goff argues that the doctrine of Purgatory did not appear in the Latin theology of the West before the late twelfth century, that the word purgatorium did not exist until then. He shows that the growth of a belief in an intermediate place between Heaven and Hell was closely bound up with profound changes in the social and intellectual reality of the Middle Ages. Throughout, Le Goff makes use of a wealth of archival material, much of which he has translated for the first time, inviting readers to examine evidence from the writings of great, obscure, or anonymous theologians.

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Author: Jacques Le Goff

Editor/Translator: Arthur Goldhammer

Edition: Reprint

Binding: Paperback

Condition: New

Manufacturer: University Of Chicago Press

Number of items: 1

Number of pages: 440

Product group: Book

Studio: University Of Chicago Press

Publication Date: December 15, 1986

Publisher: University Of Chicago Press

Pages: 440

EAN: 9780226470832

ISBN: 0226470830

ASIN: 0226470830

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Art Goldhammer
Writer, translator, scholar, blogger on French Politics, affiliate of Harvard's Center for European Studies, writes for The American Prospect, The Nation, etc.