About the author: Thomas Renna is professor of history at Saginaw Valley State University, Michigan. He received his PhD in medieval history from Brown University, and has published two books and over 90 scholarly articles on intellectual history. He has lectured on Jerusalem throughout the US, Europe, and Israel. His translation of the Life of St. Margaret of Cortona will appear in 2002.2013 0-7734-4473-4
A valuable book presenting readers with an overarching view of the literature produced during a time of intense conflict between the papacy and secular rulers just before and during the Avignon Papacy from 1300-1360 A.D. Implicit in the discussions is the question of the nature of the Church itself and its role in society.2002 0-7734-7175-8
Text draws together ancient and medieval history, scripture, theology, monastic studies, and the history of ideas. It traces the concept of Jerusalem from the early church almost through the Middle Ages, in the monastic thought of Christian Latin writings from the time of Constantine through and beyond the 12th century. Recognizes that certain concerns within the church (such as anti-Jewish polemic) led the early fathers to devalue the physical Jerusalem and stress the role of Jerusalem as a symbol of heavenly bliss.