In this fascinating survey, F. Donald Logan introduces the reader to the Christian church, from the conversion of the Celtic and Germanic peoples to the discovery of the New World. As Christianity spread, the religion affected the culture and the culture affected the religion. Historical events did not occur in a vacuum but were influenced by such interrelated factors. Logan 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. From the remote, rural parish to the magnificent urban cathedral, A History of the Church in the Middle Ages explores the role of the church as a central element in determining a thousand years of history. In this updated Second Edition, Logan has corrected and revised his text in light of recent scholarship and has expanded the discussion to explore the interaction of other faiths, particularly Judaism and Islam, with the Christian church during this age.
Conceptually well organized, stylistically clear, intellectually thoughtful, and pedagogically useful.
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 is a remarkable tour de force, for which Donald Logan is to be warmly congratulated.
A feat of historical synthesis, most confident in its telling of the coming of Christianity. Books like Logan's are needed more than ever before.
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