In Episode 020 of The Art of Catholic, I began an interview with Dr. Andrew Jones about the very different world of the High Middle Ages. (By different, I’m not only referring to their penchant for body armor and ale.)
In particular we talked about the huge impact of the Fourth Lateran Council, and started to dabble in how medievals viewed the 4 Senses of Scripture as a way of life, not just how to approach a book.
(If you’re thinking, “sounds like a snoozer” you’d be mistaken. It’s been a very popular episode. Reports are even circulating about Fourth Lateran Council costume parties since the episode posted.)
Among other things we’re going to get into some very interesting material like how the High Middle Ages had a wildly different view of the relationship between Church and State; a much more intimate and integrated relationship between priests and laity; and even why medievals only received the Eucharist a few times a year (even though they were at Mass).
This is not about romanticizing the past.
Yes, Andrew does have a “I’m A Monarchist and I Vote” bumper sticker on his car. But aside from that (and the coat of arms on all of his sweaters), you’d never know he was a avid medievalist.
In fact, we’ll discuss some of the dangers inherent to the worldview of the High Middle Ages. But also what we can learn from it, too.
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