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Christianizing Death: The Creation of a Ritual Process in Early Medieval Europe Paperback – December 12, 1996
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"Frederick Paxton's careful examination of the rituals surrounding dying and death in the early medieval west, particularly in the Carolingian realm, not only enhances our comprehension of the most formative period in the evolution of the Latin liturgy of death, it casts new light on the wide range of traditions involved in the development of Carolingian culture."―Celia M. Chazelle, Princeton, The Journal of Religion, Vol. 72, No. 4, October 1992
"Paxton. . . has written a deeply absorbing, detailed analysis of the Christian ritualization of death for the period from the early Christian era to the ninth century. . . . A demanding, challenging work, but worth the effort for readers interested in how Christians have learned to confront healing, death, and incorporation into the next world."―Choice, June 1991
"In this insightful book, Frederick S. Paxton has traced the development of the rituals for the sick, the dying, and the dead in Christianity from their origins in the fourth century through their decisive reorganization in the Carolingian ecclesiastical reform. . . . Few books have so successfully conveyed the concrete nature of the link that existed in the minds of medieval Christians between the kingdom of heaven and that of this world. Paxton traces the replacement, in deathbed rituals, of the original Roman focus on the fate of the soul with Germanic and Celtic concerns with the needs of the dying person. . . . He has succeeded in composing an account of these ritual developments that should prove to be standard. In his insistence on the importance of the social historical context . . . he has also provided a model treatment for the history of religious practice."―American Historical Review
"A humane and eloquent book."―Religious Studies Review
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