Here is a sentence from the introduction to the brand new Crisis of the Oikoumene:
Loyalty to the Empire that endured until the Monothelite crisis–involving a development on Monophysite Christology–prevented the [Three Chapters] schism from making a lasting mark on the African church.
Can I just tell you how troubling these lines about monotheletism are? Every year there is some book that comes out about Orthodoxy, Christology, ecumenical councils or Byzantium and inevitably somewhere in such a book you will find a description of monotheletism like the one above. It’s just not accurate, and yet it gets repeated on a regular basis. I may have more to say about the book at Cliopatria in the coming weeks. Christology buffs, stay tuned.
Update: On the other hand, Richard Price’s chapter explaining the origins of the Three Chapters controversy is absolutely superb and definitely required reading for anyone interested in the question of the authority of Chalcedon and its supposed ‘Nestorianising’ tendencies on account of the reinstatements of Theodoret and Ibas. I have rarely seen a scholarly treatment of this aspect of the controversy handled so carefully and thoughtfully. Well worth the wait.