The Rise of Western Christendom: Triumph and Diversity 200-1000 AD

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Wiley, Jan 8, 2003 - Religion - 636 pages
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This book offers a vivid, compelling history of the first thousand years of Christianity. For the second edition, the book has been thoroughly rewritten and expanded. It includes two new chapters, as well as an extensive preface in which the author reflects on the scholarly traditions which have influenced his work and explains his current thinking about the book's themes.

  • New edition of popular account of the first 1000 years of Christianity.
  • Thoroughly rewritten, with extensive new preface of author's current thinking.
  • Includes new maps, substantial bibliography, and numerous chronological tables.

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The best introduction by far on late-antique/early medieval Christianity from the man who quite literally created late antiquity itself. The second edition almost doubled the size of the book and is the standard text for teaching this topic, definitely worth reading. Read full review

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User Review  - Kevin LaGree - Goodreads

Thoroughly researched, honestly and fairly presented, gracefully written with clarity - what history should be. Read full review

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Peter Brown is Rollins Professor of History at Princeton University. He is a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, the British Academy, and the Royal Historical Society. His previous books include Augustine of Hippo: A biography (1967, second revised edition, 2000); Society and the Holy in Late Antiquity (1982); The Body and Society: Men, Women and Sexual Renunciation in Early Christianity (1989); Power and Persuasion in Late Antiquity: Towards a Christian Empire (1992) and Poverty and Leadership in the Later Roman Empire (2001).

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