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Gibbon and the 'Watchmen of the Holy City': The Historian and his Reputation, 1776-1815

David Womersley

Published in print:
2002
Published Online:
January 2010
ISBN:
9780198187332
eISBN:
9780191718861
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198187332.001.0001
Subject:
Literature, 18th-century Literature

The publication of the first volume of The Decline and Fall in 1776 immediately embroiled Gibbon in a dispute concerning his supposed irreligion. This book follows the implications and ramifications ... More


Revision and Religion

DAVID WOMERSLEY

in Gibbon and the 'Watchmen of the Holy City': The Historian and his Reputation, 1776-1815

Published in print:
2002
Published Online:
January 2010
ISBN:
9780198187332
eISBN:
9780191718861
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198187332.003.0001
Subject:
Literature, 18th-century Literature

Gibbon revised the text of the two final chapters of the first volume of The Decline and Fall, which had chiefly aroused the indignation of the clerical establishment on two occasions: for the second ... More


‘Too deeply into the mud of the Arian controversy’: Gibbon and the Early Church Fathers

DAVID WOMERSLEY

in Gibbon and the 'Watchmen of the Holy City': The Historian and his Reputation, 1776-1815

Published in print:
2002
Published Online:
January 2010
ISBN:
9780198187332
eISBN:
9780191718861
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198187332.003.003
Subject:
Literature, 18th-century Literature

Gibbon was aware that the historical terrain he was obliged to traverse for the second instalment of The Decline and Fall (1781) was rich in potential to offend those of orthodox religious beliefs. ... More


‘Enthusiasm and Imposture’: Gibbon and Mahomet

DAVID WOMERSLEY

in Gibbon and the 'Watchmen of the Holy City': The Historian and his Reputation, 1776-1815

Published in print:
2002
Published Online:
January 2010
ISBN:
9780198187332
eISBN:
9780191718861
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198187332.003.0004
Subject:
Literature, 18th-century Literature

The third instalment of The Decline and Fall (1788) required Gibbon to narrate the rise, growth, and decline of Islam, a subject in which he had been interested since his early youth, and which had ... More


Civility and the Decline of Magic

ALAN MACFARLANE

in Civil Histories: Essays Presented to Sir Keith Thomas

Published in print:
2000
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780198207108
eISBN:
9780191677496
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198207108.003.0008
Subject:
History, British and Irish Early Modern History

This chapter examines the impact of the cosmological shift in early modern Europe on civility. This shift from a magical and religion-dominated ... More


INTRODUCTION

DAVID WOMERSLEY

in Gibbon and the 'Watchmen of the Holy City': The Historian and his Reputation, 1776-1815

Published in print:
2002
Published Online:
January 2010
ISBN:
9780198187332
eISBN:
9780191718861
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198187332.003.0011
Subject:
Literature, 18th-century Literature

This introductory chapter sets out the general subject of the book and illustrates Gibbon's evolving relationship with his reader by analysing changes in the footnotes to The Decline and Fall as it ... More


Edward Gibbon and the Shape of History

Charlotte Roberts

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
August 2014
ISBN:
9780198704836
eISBN:
9780191789458
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198704836.001.0001
Subject:
Literature, 18th-century Literature, Prose (inc. letters, diaries)

Edward Gibbon’s presentation of character in both the History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire and in his posthumously published Memoirs demonstrates a prevailing interest in the values of ... More


Managing space better: the problem of shrinking cities and economies

Josef W. Konvitz

in Cities and Crisis

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
May 2016
ISBN:
9781784992903
eISBN:
9781526103970
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Manchester University Press
DOI:
10.7228/manchester/9781784992903.003.0005
Subject:
Political Science, Political Economy

Some cities and regions have untapped resources which should lift their growth and enhance their attractiveness. Detroit and Greece however are examples of places where the process of decline itself ... More


The Archaeology of Byzantine Anatolia: From the End of Late Antiquity until the Coming of the Turks

Philipp Niewohner (ed.)

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
April 2017
ISBN:
9780190610463
eISBN:
9780190610487
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780190610463.001.0001
Subject:
Classical Studies, Archaeology: Classical, European History: BCE to 500CE

Anatolia was the only major part of the Roman Empire that did not fall in late antiquity, but remained continuously under Roman rule through the eleventh century. Anatolia can, therefore, show the ... More


After the Fall: The New Millennium

Yiu-Wai Chu

in Hong Kong Cantopop: A Concise History

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
September 2017
ISBN:
9789888390571
eISBN:
9789888390298
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Hong Kong University Press
DOI:
10.5790/hongkong/9789888390571.003.0006
Subject:
Music, Popular

In the new millennium, the passing away of Cantopop superstars Leslie Cheung and Anita Mui, and lyrics masters James Wong and Richard Lam, seemed to symbolise the end of the glorious era of Cantopop. ... More


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