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The Carolingian Debate over Sacred Space

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Part of the The New Middle Ages book series (TNMA)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xi
  2. Samuel W. Collins
    Pages 1-13
  3. Samuel W. Collins
    Pages 15-40
  4. Samuel W. Collins
    Pages 41-65
  5. Samuel W. Collins
    Pages 91-120
  6. Samuel W. Collins
    Pages 121-129
  7. Back Matter
    Pages 131-234

About this book


Retracing the contours of a bitter controversy over the meaning of sacred architecture that flared up among some of the leading lights of the Carolingian renaissance, Collins explores how ninth-century authors articulated the relationship of form to function and ideal to reality in the ecclesiastical architecture of the Carolingian empire.


empire historiography Renaissance

About the authors

Samuel W. Collins is Assistant Professor of History at George Mason University.

Bibliographic information


"In this brief volume, Collins offers an interesting study of Carolingian thoughts on holy places, namely, churches and monasteries. After a reader-friendly introduction, he sensibly begins with earlier thoughts on sacred space committed to writing by the likes of Bede and the Collectio canonum Hibernensis . . . Space as a concept connects easily to other topics, and students may find the parts on the St. Gall Plan and the standing churches of the conclusion interesting . . . Recommended" - Choice

"[Collins'] stimulating contribution is less a study of the debate around the holy place as it is a further important and worth reading indication of the problem field of the importance Carolingian temporal exegesis for the training of religious ideas that observed although the Carolingian reform in the recent literature, but not yet has been adequately analyzed." - Sehepunkte