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A new history of Medieval Christianity from noted historian Kevin Madigan.

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For many, the medieval world seems dark and foreign—a miraculous, brutal, and irrational time of superstition and strange relics. The pursuit of heretics, the Inquisition, the Crusades, and the domination of the "Holy Land" come to mind. Yet the medieval world produced much that is part of our world today, including universities, the passion for Roman architecture and the emergence of the Gothic style, pilgrimage, the emergence of capitalism, and female saints.

This new narrative history of medieval Christianity combines what is familiar and unfamiliar to modern audiences. Elements of novelty in the book include a steady focus on the role of women in Christianity; the relationships among Christians, Jews, and Muslims; the experience of ordinary parishioners; the adventure of asceticism, devotion, and worship; and instruction through drama, architecture, and art. Kevin Madigan expertly integrates these areas of focus with more traditional themes, such as the evolution and decline of papal power, the nature and repression of heresy, sanctity and pilgrimage, the conciliar movement, and the break between the old Western church and its reformers.

"Pete Larkin does solid narrative work." ---Library Journal Audio Review

"[Madigan's] prose style is accessible and clear, making for an engaging narrative history that should please experts while whetting the appetites of beginners, providing background on and insight into a foreign society while charting development of a religious culture that still has relevance for the Western world today." ---Publishers Weekly Starred Review

"A masterful yet accessible introduction to the principal institutional, intellectual, and social developments of medieval Christianity." ---Rachel Fulton Brown, author of Judgment to Passion
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Medieval Christianity

A New History

Author Kevin Madigan

Narrated by Pete Larkin

Publication date Jun 30, 2015

Running time 21 hrs 19 min

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