New Short History of the Catholic Church

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Here is a one-volume history of the Christian people from Pentecost to the present day, with principal focus on the Catholic Church. Having passed AD 2000 it seems appropriate and necessary to have a new short history of the first two millennia of the Christian era.

In the last half century there has been a massive amount of research into Church history, published in learned articles and in multi-volume works. Full notice is taken of these recent scholarly initiatives in writing this short account, which is also eminently readable.

In each section there is a balance between the institutional and the more directly religious dimensions of the Church – here are some of the elements: bishops, canon law, charity, councils crusades, devotions,