Birth of Purgatory

ISBN-10: 0226470830
ISBN-13: 9780226470832
Edition: 1986
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Book details

List price: $43.00
Copyright year: 1986
Publisher: University of Chicago Press
Publication date: 12/15/1986
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 440
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.50" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.562
Language: English

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.

Arthur Goldhammer is the translator for numerous books including Neoconservatism: The Biography of a Movement, Algerian Chronicles, The Society of Equals, and Capital in the Twenty-First Century. He received the French-American Translation Prize in 1990 for his translation of A Critical Dictionary of the French Revolution.

Acknowledgments
The Third Place
The Hereafter before Purgatory
Ancient Imaginings
The Fathers of Purgatory
The Early Middle Ages: Doctrinal Stagnation and the Riot of Imagination
The Twelfth Century: The Birth of Purgatory The Century of the Great Advance
The Fire of Purgatory
""Locus Purgatorius"": A Place for Purgation
Purgatory between Sicily and Ireland
The Logic of Purgatory
The Triumph of Purgatory
The Scholastic Systematization
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