New Short History of the Catholic Church
(The Church of England Newspaper)
‘Tanner covers a tremendous amount of ground but never leaves the reader overwhelmed with dates and names… If you want a reliable general survey of Church History, allowing you to see the woods for the trees, then this is the book for you.’
(The Catholic Times)
An excellent overview of church history focussing mainly on Roman Catholicism and covering five periods… It includes a map of the Mediterranean world, a useful appendix listing ecumenical councils, a glossary of terms and a good bibliography and index. It will be a useful reference work, particularly for theological students and clergy, and will be a welcome addition to church history studies. (The Good Bookstall)
…the bibliography accompanying this book testifies to the breadth and depth of scholarship distilled [in this book]. (The Furrow)
About the Author
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,