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Glory of Christendom: 3 (History of Christendom Series ; Vol. III) [Paperback]

Warren H. Carroll

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15 Oct 2004 History of Christendom Series ; Vol. III

This series is the only comprehensive narration of Western history written from the orthodox Catholic perspective still in print. How would a historical narrative read if the author began with these first principles: Truth exists; the Incarnation happened? This series is essential reading for those who consider the West worth defending.


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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Informed, Enlightened, Objective, and Stimulating 4 Mar 2011
By john - Published on Amazon.com
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"The Glory of Christendom" is the third volume in Warren H. Carroll's amazing "History of Christendom" series. With each successive installment, Carroll's narrative and storytelling continue to reach new heights; his research and documentation are impeccable; the presentation of the facts and proposed conclusions are informed, enlightened, objective, and stimulating. The author's ability to draw the reader into particular scenes of history is akin to a master painter drawing a viewer into his painting: the landscape comes alive; the characters begin to move.

Volume one explained the pre-Christian era and its birth up to the time of Constantine. Volume two described the child church's struggle for survival against heresies and enemies from both within and without. Volume three shows the maturation and flowering of Christendom, peaking with St. Francis and St. Thomas Aquinas. The unity and majesty of Christianity, the fruits of Faith in Jesus Christ, appeared ready to change the world for the good and for all time. Alas it was not to be; at least not yet. The struggle will continue.

The actors on this stage of the Christian story are powerful and unforgettable: St Bernard, the rousing embodiment of Christianity through his adult life; St. Louis IX, that pillar of a Christian Monarch; St. Catherine of Sienna, whose piercing words admonished popes and kings alike; the evil Frederick II, a portent of tyrants to come; the immensity and holiness of the mind of St. Thomas Aquinas; St. Joan riding into battle with the cross to save France. The worldly and spineless popes who would weaken the Church for the battle in the centuries ahead; and Isabel of Spain, the Catholic Queen: can a person in this age fall in love with the strength, holiness, and bravery of a woman who ruled against all odds over five-hundred years ago? The answer is a resounding "yes".

There are so many more characters that bear mentioning, but I dare not test the patience of the readers of this review. If you hunger for truth in history, if you love storytelling excellence, and if you thirst for the knowledge of the Christian past (both the good and the bad), pick up this series; you will not regret it.

The chapter names are copied below to give you a better idea of the topics and organization of "The Glory of Christendom." I could write so much more in praise of this work, but I'll stop here and let the curious discover it themselves.

The Coming of the White Monks
The Age of St. Bernard of Clairvaux
The Church Checks Royal Power
Jerusalem Lost
St. Francis and St. Dominic
Destruction of the Tyrant Emperor
The Climax of Christendom
The Nemesis of Power
Popes Away From Rome
Shadow and Lightning
The Great Western Schism
Reunion
Renaissance
The Rise of Isabel the Catholic
New Worlds
Renaissance Fulfilled, Reform Forgotten

One very important and very welcome change in this volume is the switch to the use of footnotes vs. endnotes employed in volumes one and two. This makes reading flow much, much more smoothly. As in the previous volumes, the bibliographical notes and comments are very useful for further research. Ignore the off-the-wall statements by negative reviewers of this book; I don't know what score is attempting to be settled against Dr. Carroll, but they couldn't be more wrong about the nature, beauty and truth of his writings.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A masterpiece by a superb historian 2 Dec 2006
By Laval49 - Published on Amazon.com
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Warren Carroll is a wonderful historian and a wonderfull writer. Some people will criticize a book because it does not cover their pet topics. But Warren Carroll, more than many other historians out there, covers history objectively and masterfully. His History of Christendom is nothing short of engrossing.
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5.0 out of 5 stars If you want Historical Truth, read this book 7 Jun 2000
By sumojason - Published on Amazon.com
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I read all three volumes back to back and I cannot wait for the forth volume to be released. This book is long, but worth the read. A must for any historian. Once you pick it up you cannot put it down. One of the best histories out there.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Truly a glorious period in history 19 Jan 2012
By Walter G. Gozar - Published on Amazon.com
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This is one of the longest and the best in the entire series, A History of Christendom. Provides great insight into the rise of two great religious orders, the Franciscans and the Dominicans, and into the life of one of the greatest doctors of the Church, St. Thomas Aquinas. Covers a lot of ground with regard to Queen Isabel and the exploration of the new world, and even the renaissance. Very informative as it is entertaining to read.
5.0 out of 5 stars History at it's best. Well researched with an excellent Bibliography 3 July 2013
By R. L. Hume - Published on Amazon.com
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Every Christian the least bit interested in the history of Christianity should read this set and, IMHO, it's a must have for every Catholic family. There's so much misinformation and disinformation (spread by people who know better as well as by those who are just ignorant) floating around about the One Holy, Catholic, and Apostolic Church Jesus Christ Himself founded that no Catholic should be without a detailed, well researched, history like this set at least for reference. I highly recommend it the emtire set.
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