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Medieval Christianity: A New History

Medieval Christianity: A New History

Written by Kevin Madigan

Narrated by Pete Larkin


Medieval Christianity: A New History

Written by Kevin Madigan

Narrated by Pete Larkin

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4/5 (14 ratings)
Length:
21 hours
Publisher:
Released:
Jun 30, 2015
ISBN:
9781494584641
Format:
Audiobook

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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.
Publisher:
Released:
Jun 30, 2015
ISBN:
9781494584641
Format:
Audiobook

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  • (5/5)
    A very balanced presentation of many opposing views on Church history.
  • (4/5)
    Pleasant and insightful listening material! If you are interested in the people, movements, politics, and religion of the Middle Ages, you will enjoy this treatment.
  • (5/5)
    Fantastic and really interesting overview. Some parts were a little dry for myself particularly the parts related to law but through it I also became aware of some fascinating figures from this age and intend to do more research
  • (4/5)

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    The narration of the story of medieval Christianity was - considering the length of the historic period- very engaging and enlightening the treatment of the content was relevant and appropriate excellent reading. The narrator did an excellent job and hearing the narration was very pleasing. The information given help to understand better the Christian heritage and many of our current Christian landscape.
    Thanks for such good material

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    Medieval Christianity: A New History, by Kevin Madigan, is a comprehensive overview of western Christianity during the Medieval period. Madigan makes sense of a long, rich and often conflicted period in history. His viewpoint is sympathetic but never hesitates to delve into the messy bits of medieval Christianity. I particularly enjoyed the chapters on spirituality of everyday people, the religious orders, and women. Madigan left me with a thirst to find out more on this fascinating period.

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