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The Building of Christendom (A History of Christendom #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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Suzan
Mar 15, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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.

Fascinating!
Kathryn Bevis
Jan 25, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This book is the second in a series of Six.
If you want to learn how Christianity impacted civilization this is the series to read.
The reading leading up to Islam can be a little slow in that so many names are listed but it
is necessary to set the stage for what comes after.

Turnover in Popes, the development of the feudal system and polical jocking make you realize
the churches influence for keeping kings and tyrants in check and how during the darkest period
in civilization, that in small corners
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booklady
Sep 15, 2008 marked it as reference
Shelves: history, religion
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.
Mark
Jul 18, 2017 rated it really liked it
So far, this is the only historical account about the Christian faith that moves me to tears. Truly an amazing historian and a good story teller!
Stephen
Feb 02, 2011 rated it it was amazing
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.
Erik
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")
Erin Neubrik
Oct 26, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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
Nov 28, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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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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This book is discussed in the Catholic Thought reading group October-December 2016. You are welcome to join.
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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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A History of Christendom (6 books)
  • The Founding of Christendom (A History of Christendom, Vol. 1)
  • The Glory of Christendom (A History of Christendom, Vol. 3)
  • The Cleaving of Christendom (A History of Christendom, Vol. 4)
  • The Revolution Against Christendom (A History of Christendom, Vol. 5)
  • The Crisis of Christendom, 1815-2005 (A History of Christendom, Vol. 6)