The Building of Christendom: A History of Christendom, Vol. 2
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The Building of Christendom: A History of Christendom, Vol. 2

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The Building of Christendom, 324-1100 is the second volume in “The History of Christendom” series. This series is the only in-print, comprehensive narration of Western history written from an orthodox Catholic perspective. How would a historical narrative read if the author began with the first principles that truth exists and the Incarnation happened? This series is essen...more
Paperback, 618 pages
Published November 1st 2004 by Christendom Press (first published 1987)
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The second volume is fascinating. Reading and literally watching as reading, it amazes me still that The Church is still standing just as Our Lord said it would.

The second volume moves from the 5th century to the 11th century. All I can say is war, war, war. Good Popes and bad Popes. Good Emperors and bad ones. Lots of good Priest and lots of bad Priests. Lots and lots of evangelizing and a huge amount of martyrdom.

Every paragraph (it seems) has such richness and potential for deeper study. The author's knowledge and logic is to be commended. He opens up windows into the tradition of Christianity and raison d'etre for individuals living in turbulent times be it secular or religious. Looking forward to the upcoming volumes.
Included in the "History and Culture" section of Fr. John McCloskey's 100-book Catholic Lifetime Reading Plan.

Listed by Patrick Madrid in the Reading Plan of Search and Rescue in Phase 3 (Advanced). ("perhaps the best available today in English")
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An excellent resource for those undertaking a study of our Western heritage -- especially if you want to be sure to be true to its Christian foundations -- or just to have on hand for reference. Wonderful to just pick up and read in sections as well.
Dr. Warren H. Carroll is not afraid to tell the truth, and he puts it all out there. His is a very refreshing viewpoint. Not only is his writing awesomely Catholic, but his manner of writing is equally captivating. I highly recommend this book.
Brendan Sweeney
All of the books in this series are phenomenal. Dr. Carroll takes a narrative approach to history that draws the reader in, making them feel as if they are actually there reliving the events of the past. A must read!
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Dr. Warren H. Carroll was a leading conservative Catholic historian and author, and the founder of Christendom College.

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