In this major study, Gregory is described in a clearly sketched historical and ecclesiastical context. Made Pope in 590, St. Gregory's (540-604) papacy changed the face of his office, of the Church, and in many ways, of Western civilization. As a monk, he knew the happiest years of his life and embraced an asceticism that pervaded his spirituality and theology; as an administrator, he was a bulwark against the chaos engulfing Italy and a champion of an independent papacy; pastorally, his practical and authoritative Rule
became the standard for the medieval episcopate; in preaching, his homilies on Ezekiel and the Gospels were fundamental examples for medieval exegetes; and in hagiography, his Dialogues
created a genre that embraced countless collections throughout the Middle Ages. A central link between the late antique and medieval worlds. 241 pp.
An Eighth Day View:
The book is a study of Gregory the Great, the pope who sent Augustine (of Canterbury) and his fellow missionaries to convert the heathen English to Christianity (597). Markus gives a full account of Gregory's life and work, his thought and spirituality, within the setting of the world at the end of the sixth century. At a time of catastrophic change in Europe, Gregory's work as pope stands on the threshold of medieval Western Europe. The book deals with every aspect of his pontificate, providing a major contribution to the study of late antique society.