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In recent years, stories of religious universities and institutions grappling with their slave-owning past have made headlines in the news. People find it shocking that the Church itself could have been involved in such a sordid business. This timely book, the result of many years of research, is a study of the origins of this problem. Mary E. Sommar examines how the church sought to establish norms for slave ownership on the part of ecclesiastical institutions and personnel, and for others' behavior towards such slaves. The story begins in the New Testament era, when the earliest Christian norms were established, and continues up to thirteenth-century establishment of a body of canon law that would persist into the twentieth century. Along with her analysis of the various policies and statutes, Sommar draws on chronicles, letters, and other documents from each of the various historical periods to provide insight into the situations of unfree ecclesiastical dependents. She finds that unfree dependents of the Church actually had less chance of achieving freedom than did the slaves of other masters. The church authorities' duty to preserve the Church's patrimony for the needs of future generations led them to hold on tightly to their unfree human resources. This accessibly written book does not present an apology for the behavior of past Christian leaders, but attempts to learn what they did and to arrive at some understanding of why they made those choices. show more

Book details

EAN

9780190073268

Classifications

European history
Early history=> c 500 to c 1450\/1500
Slavery & abolition of slavery
Church history
Roman Catholicism, Roman Catholic Church
Alternative belief systems

Format

Hardback

Number of pages

296 pages

Weight(g)

518g

Dimensions(mm)

165 x 242 x 28

Publication date

2020-10-16

Publisher

Oxford University Press Inc

Readership

General (US: Trade)

Series

Series Editor

Imprint

-

Publication City/Country

United States

Language

English

EAN 9780190073268
Classification European history
Early history=> c 500 to c 1450\/1500
Slavery & abolition of slavery
Church history
Roman Catholicism, Roman Catholic Church
Alternative belief systems
Format Hardback
Number of pages 296 pages
Weight(g) 518g
Dimensions(mm) 165 x 242 x 28
Publication date 2020-10-16
Publisher Oxford University Press Inc
Readership General (US: Trade)
Series
Series Editor
Imprint -
Publication City/Country United States
Language: English

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