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Title: CHRISTENDOM V. EMPIRE

Author: Peter Milward

Category: History, Philosophy, Geography, Religion
Number of pages: 46
Size: A5

Language: English

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Book Summary

Where is the dividing line between Medieval and Modern to be drawn? CS Lewis places it at the Industrial Revolution around 1800, while TS Eliot places it some time in the seventeenth century when "a dissociation of sensibility" set in. Neither of them attends to the obvious break between Medieval and Modern at the Reformation of the sixteenth century. Till then England had been one with the union of Christian nations known as Christendom, but with Henry VIII's break with Rome England was left outside Europe and thereupon set out to found a British Empire over the rest of the world.

Author Profile

Peter Milward was born in London on October 12, 1925, and educated at Wimbledon College (a Jesuit high school). He entered the Society of Jesus in 1943, and after various studies he went on to specialize in the Classics and English at Oxford University. He came to Japan in 1954 and after further studies was ordained priest in 1960. From 1962 onwards he has taught English literature at Sophia University in Tokyo. In addition to founding the Renaissance Institute, the Hopkins Society of Japan and the Chesterton Society of Japan, he has published some 400 books, mostly as textbooks for Japanese students, many of them translated into Japanese, but now most of them out of print. Several of his books, especially those on the drama of Shakespeare and the poetry of Hopkins, have been published in England and America. Even in retirement he is still teaching and writing, as he enters his 88th year (or beiju).

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