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In this fascinating survey, F. Donald Logan introduces the reader to the Christian church, from the conversion of the Celtic and Germanic peoples through to the discovery of the New World. He reveals how the church unified the people of Western Europe as they worshipped with the same ceremonies and used Latin as the language of civilized communication.
A History of the Church in the Middle Ages offers a unique perspective on the legacy and influence of the Christian church in Western culture. Never fixed or static, the church experienced remarkable periods of change between the sixth and sixteenth centuries. Saint Francis of Assisi, the gentle poverello of Umbria, the martyr Thomas Becket, the ill-fated lovers Abelard and Heloise, and the visionary Hildegard of Bingen, all testify to the diversity and richness of the medieval church.
'For its humane and learned approach to its enormous canvas, as well as for the cogency with which it penetrates at speed to the essentials of a vanished historical epoch, this History of the Church in the Middle Ages deserves a very wide audience indeed.' - English Historical Review
'To have written a scholarly and very readable history of the Western Church over a millennium, all in the space of 353 pages, is a remarkable tour de force, for which Donald Logan is to be warmly congratulated.' - The Tablet
"This is an excellent example of a textbook designed primarily for use in the classroom and for general readers. It is conceptually well organized, stylistically clear, intellectually thoughtful, and pedagogically useful." -- Thomas Head, Speculum