The Fleury Raising of Lazarus and Twelfth-Century Currents of Thought


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For the non-theologian attempting to understand the intellectual background of medieval literature, undoubtedly one of the most influential modern essays has been the last chapter in R. W. Southern's The Making of the Middle Ages.1 The chapter puts the twelfth-century literary shift from epic to romance- from the Chanson de Roland to Chretien de Troyes - into the broader perspective of a whole society newly interested in spiritual introspection and human emotions, and delineates succinctly the parallel theological shift from the "Abuse of Power" doctrine to a theory of redemption in which Christ's humanity was the functional element.

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