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4.0 out of 5 stars East and West: The Making of a Rift in the Church, 26 Mar 2013
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This review is from: East and West: The Making of a Rift in the Church: From Apostolic Times until the Council of Florence (Oxford History of the Christian Church) (Paperback)
Owen and Henry Chadwick are well-known for their authoritative writing, particularly on the Church during early to medieval times. This volume, one of the series of the Oxford History of the Christian Church, covers the period from Apostolic times to the Council of Florence - from early Christianity through to the fifteenth century. Its overarching theme during this period is the split between Roman Catholicism and Eastern Orthodoxy; how it developed and what it meant for the Church.

This is a fascinating read, but definitely not one that is easily absorbed in a rapid scan. The book of less than 300 pages is divided into 41 separate - not chapters so much as brief essays, on points that move the narrative chronologically through from the early Christian church to the Council of Florence. As such, there is a lot of presupposed knowledge on the part of the reader.

There is a really good bibliography in the book which offers ideas for further reading, which will be very helpful. Definitely recommended, but for a quite specific audience.
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4.0 out of 5 stars The definitive book on the subject, 27 Mar 2014
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This review is from: East and West: The Making of a Rift in the Church: From Apostolic Times until the Council of Florence (Oxford History of the Christian Church) (Paperback)
This is a really detailed book on a subject that 'suffers' from a wealth of documentation from which analyses can be made.

It's hard work reading this but I recommend it as a reference if you're really interested in the subject. Sometimes Chadwick assumes you know or will easily remember players or events so that it is hard to follow, but if you keep you head it's rewarding.
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