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The Cambridge History of Christianity: Volume 4, Christianity in Western Europe, c.1100-c.1500: v. 4 Hardcover – 2 Jul 2009

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  • Hardcover: 600 pages
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press (2 July 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0521811066
  • ISBN-13: 978-0521811064
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 3.2 x 22.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
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This volume explores the wide range of institutions, beliefs and practices within later medieval Christianity. It describes and analyses routines of Christian life, dissent, and the striving for religious perfection and provides an accessible account of the rich and varied life of medieval European Christians.

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By Keen Reader TOP 50 REVIEWER on 2 May 2013
Format: Hardcover
At some point I have promised myself the leisure to read all of the volumes of this wonderful series, as well as many other Cambridge, Oxford and the like series. They are all uniformly wonderful and informative, and full to the brim with scholarly information, and I would really like more hours in the day so that I can read more! Until that happy time arrives, I have read this volume.

This book does not pretend to cover, in its 500+ pages, the whole of the history of Christianity in Western Europe from c.1100 to c.1500. Rather, it offers a series of articles that summarise some of the work on religious cultures of the Western Europeans during that period.
Part I: Institutions and Change, 1100-1200
Part II: Forging a Christian World, 1200-1300
Part III: The Erection of Boundaries
Part IV: Shapes of a Christian World
Part V: Christian Life in Movement
Part VI: The Challenges to a Christian Society
Part VII: Reform and Renewal

The individual chapters within the Parts are written by authoritative scholars such as Marcus Bull, Miri Rubin, Henrietta Leyser, John H Arnold, Joseph Ziegler and many others (there are 31 chapter essays in all), and offer essays that leave the reader considering the theme and information provided, and with plenty of food for thought to go and investigate further. This is made easier by a comprehensive bibliography, and informative notes in each of the chapters, as you would expect of a book from the Cambridge University Press.

This is a most interesting book, one which can be dipped into, and the chapters read in any order you choose. Each scholar opens his themed essay from a new and interesting perspective, and each topic is tackled in a concise yet informative way.
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