A History of the Medieval Church, 590-1500

A History of the Medieval Church, 590-1500

A History of the Medieval Church, 590-1500

A History of the Medieval Church, 590-1500

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This short study of medieval church history was planned partly for the use of the general reader, and partly for that of theological students, in particular for those taking the General Ordination Examination, or those following some such course as that of the B.D. in the University of Manchester. As far as possible, in a small space set apart for the treatment of a large subject, the social and personal aspects of church history have been dwelt on, as against the political. It seemed above all desirable to give some idea of the medieval attitude towards life, religion and the church, of the faith and ideals of medieval churchmen, and of the actual working of the medieval church system.

As to the period covered by this book, it seemed clear that a study of the middle ages should end before the Reformation: and on the whole, it seemed desirable to start with the pontificate of Gregory the Great, as best marking the watershed between early and medieval church history. An introductory chapter has been added, however, for the sake of students who may have been reading for a course on early church history which ended with the council of Chalcedon.

M.DEANESLY

June, 1925

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