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The Medieval Church: A Brief History
International, multinational and yet intimately local, the Church was the central institution of the European Middle Ages. No aspect of the medieval world was untouched by its influence: it shaped the daily round of peasant and magnate alike, from cradle to grave; it was a key actor in the high politics of kings and emperors; it ordered the relations of man and woman, the ...more
Paperback, 400 pages
Published October 19th 1992 by Routledge
(first published 1992)
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There is so much going on in this little book, and no wonder--Lynch is trying to pack a thousand years of information into a 345 page overview. His references are great, if a bit dated, and the background that he gives the reader is very accessible and solid. The narrative voice is funny, a bit snarky, and very easy to read. It doesn't get five stars because sometimes his opinions get the better of him, and cynicism about the church is just uncomfortable in a book about the Church. Also, because ...more
Very concise and readable. Lynch has packed an enormous amount of information into minimal space with this book. It is a great starter book for anyone interested in Church History or Medieval History. I wish it had some information on the development of the Liturgy, which is why I gave it four stars instead of five.