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A Brief History of Christianity : Brief Histories - Bamber Gascoigne

A Brief History of Christianity

Brief Histories

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Published: 29th May 2003
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This classic book, newly updated, tells the story of the Christian faith through the men and women who shaped it. Nothing rouses greater passions than religious differences and the history of Christianity is replete with politics, intolerance and greed, side by side with the most intimate spiritual experiences. Bamber Gascoigne traces a clear path through the complexities, sets the Christian faith in context with other world religions, and entertains the reader with a varied cast of characters, from the hermit St. Simeon, who spent twenty years in the desert on a fifty foot column, to Renaissance popes who manipulated the Church to benefit their illegitimate children.

About the Author

Bamber Gasgoigne won scholarships to Eton and Cambridge, and a Harkness Fellowship to Yale. He presented television's University Challenge for 25 years and has written several books, including The Treasures and Dynasties of China, A Brief History of the Great Moghuls and A Brief History of Christianity.

A triumphant success... a rich mosaic of prose and picture. - The Times

This is a remarkable book... both readable and scholarly, therefore genuinely illuminating. - Guardian

This book is first a delight, then an education... lavishly and beautifully illustrated... unflawed elegance. - Church Times

List of Illustrations
Preface
A Peculiar Peoplep. 1
The Christian Empirep. 19
The Birth of Europep. 33
Faith and Fearp. 51
People of the Bookp. 69
Princes and Prelatesp. 87
Protest and Reformp. 105
The Conquest of Soulsp. 125
In Search of Tolerancep. 143
Politeness and Enthusiasmp. 161
Lighten their Darknessp. 179
The Roots of Disbeliefp. 195
The Godless State?p. 213
Sources of Quotationsp. 231
Indexp. 243
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ISBN: 9781841197104
ISBN-10: 1841197106
Series: Brief Histories
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 262
Published: 29th May 2003
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 19.2 x 13.0  x 2.2
Weight (kg): 0.26
Edition Number: 1