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The Sleep of Behemoth: Disputing Peace and Violence in Medieval Europe, 1000-1200

Jehangir Yezdi Malegam


This book explores the emergence of conflicting concepts of peace in western Europe during the High Middle Ages. Ever since the early Church, Christian thinkers had conceived of their peace separate from the peace of the world, guarded by the sacraments and shared only grudgingly with powers and principalities. After 1000, reformers in the papal curia and monks and canons in the intellectual circles of northern France began to reimagine the Church as an engine of true peace, whose task it was eventually to absorb all peoples through progressive acts of revolutionary peacemaking. Peace as they ... More

Keywords: western Europe, High Middle Ages, peace, peacemaking, western Christendom, secular political theory, papal monarchism, self-government

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2013 Print ISBN-13: 9780801451324
Published to Cornell Scholarship Online: August 2016 DOI:10.7591/cornell/9780801451324.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Jehangir Yezdi Malegam, author
Andrew W. Mellon Assistant Professor of History, Duke University