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The Medieval Church: A Brief History

3.88  ·  Rating Details  ·  68 Ratings  ·  6 Reviews
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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Zombaby Cera
Sep 20, 2011 Zombaby Cera rated it really liked it
Yes, sometimes I read my boyfriend's college text books. This was informative and detailed just enough to keep it from being too tedious.
Jen
Feb 16, 2011 Jen rated it really liked it
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
Brandon Pearce
Oct 14, 2011 Brandon Pearce rated it really liked it
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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.
Kim
Nov 10, 2013 Kim rated it really liked it
Great book for people who are just starting to read about this subject. Lynch managed to write a handy overview about the Medieval Church.
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Apr 28, 2011 Phil rated it really liked it
Professor wrote the book
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not bad. but he was a pretty mediocre prof.
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