It's a shame this book isn't still in print and better known. It may be called "The Formation of Christendom" but its range is far wider than the title suggests. Starting in Late Antiquity and ending in the early middle ages, it is a very readable and enjoyable account of what is misleadingly known as the "Dark Ages". It is scholarly and erudite, but not in a stale or difficult to comprehend fashion. Be warned though: it is a lengthy and detailed tome, so it will take time to read and digest. It details the interplay of politics and religion in the newly Christianised societies of these little-studied times; discussing popes, emperors and kings. It also contains a wealth of useful and interesting information. Be warned: this book will cast aside prejudices and misconceptions! Anyone interested in what happened after the old Roman Empire collapsed should read this book. Obviously anyone interested in the the early history of the Church along with the theological differences and the east-west divide should also read this book. For religious people (of which I am one) it will additionally illuminate and possibly challenge some of your own beliefs.
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