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Books about Church History

Our Sunday Visitor's Encyclopedia of Catholic History
Margaret Bunson
$31.96 (Save $7.99)
[Hardback] Our Sunday Visitor (1995)
Complete and all encompassing, this resource boasts among its features a chronology of important dates and events; two appendices listing the popes and offices of the Roman Curia; thirteen tables covering such subjects as concordats, and encyclicals.
Rhine Flows Into the Tiber: A Contemporary Account of Vatican II
Fr Ralph Wiltgen
[Paperback] TAN Books (1967)
Unbiased, definitive, popularly written history of Vatican II. Tells it like it really happened. Filled with facts. Totally absorbing. Shows the efforts of the "Rhine Fathers" to take control of the Council. Crucial to understand what is shaping the Church today.
Stripping of the Altars: Traditional Religion in English, C.1400-C.1580
Eamon Duffy
$16.00 (Save $4.00)
[Paperback] Yale University Press (1994)
This major revisionist account of the pre-Reformation church recreates lay people's experience of religion in 15th-Century England. Eamon Duffy shows that lave medieval Catholicism was neither decadent nor decayed, but was a strong and vigorous tradition, and that the Reformation represented a violent rupture from a popular and theologically respectable religious system.
Those Terrible Middle Ages: Debunking the Myths
Regine Pernoud
$11.65 (Save $1.30)
[Paperback] Ignatius Press (2000)
As she examines the many misconceptions about the "Middle Ages", the renown French historian, Régine Pernoud, gives the reader a refreshingly original perspective on many subjects, both historical (from the Inquisition and witchcraft trials to a comparison of Gothic and Renaissance creative inspiration) as well as eminently modern (from law and the place of women in society to the importance of history and tradition). Here are fascinating insights, based on Pernoud’s sound knowledge and extensive experience as an archivist at the French National Archives. The book will be provocative for the general readers as well as a helpful resource for teachers. Scorned for centuries, although lauded by the Romantics, these thousand years of history have most often been concealed behind the dark clouds of ignorance: Why, didn’t godiche (clumsy, oafish) come from gothique (Gothic)? Doesn’t "fuedal" refer to the most hopeless obscurantism? Isn’t "Medieval" applied to dust-covered, outmoded things? Here the old varnish is stripped away and a thousand years of history finally emerge—the "Middle Ages" are dead, long live the Middle Ages!
Characters of the Inquisition
William Walsh
[Paperback] TAN Books (1987)
Refutes the many lies about the Inquisition raised by the enemies of the Church. Shows why it was instituted, the purpose it served, its long-term effects, and why it preserved Catholic countries from the infamous witch-hunts besmirching Protestant history. All this is achieved by narrating the stories of 6 Grand Inquisitors. Exonerates the Church of all wrong-doing. Really dispels the lies about this institution.
Characters of the Reformation
Hilaire Belloc
[Paperback] TAN Books (1992)
This may well be Belloc's most interesting work. It includes Henry VIII, Anne Boleyn, Elizabeth I, St. Thomas More, Cranmer, Calvin, Mary Tudor ("Bloody Mary"), Mary Stuart ("Queen of Scots"), Cardinal Richelieu and many others--23 in all--analyzing their strengths, weaknesses, motives and mistakes and showing how this or that seemingly insignificant factor actually changed the course of history.
Christ the King, Lord of History: A Catholic World History from Ancient to Modern Times
Anne W Carroll
[Paperback] TAN Books (1994)
A fast-paced, enjoyable, highly readable, fascinating, interesting Catholic world history for high schools and adult reading. Covers largely Western world history from a Catholic viewpoint. Just flows and flows, with one interesting episode after another of our glorious history; one captivating historical personage after another. Unabashedly proud of our Catholic heritage. This book makes the Church the central figure of all history, which it is.
Church History: A History of the Catholic Church to the Present Day
Fr John Joseph Laux
$19.20 (Save $4.80)
[Paperback] TAN Books (1992)
Written for both students and adults. The author intersperses the history with many brief, interesting biographies of famous people, and at the end of each chapter he quotes briefly from a famous writing of the era, blending a medley of elements into a comprehensive historical composition that is at once brilliant and fascinating. A story of the Church unparalleled in its scope, depth, variety and impact.
Crusades: The World's Debate
Hilaire Belloc
[Paperback] TAN Books (1994)
History of the Protestant Reformation in England and Ireland
William Cobbett
[Paperback] TAN Books (1988)
Though written by a Protestant between 1824 and 1827, this book has been repeatedly reprinted by Catholic publishers because of the tremendous light it sheds on English history from Henry VIII (1509) thru George III (1820), showing, besides the infamous events that transpired then, that England was better off before the Reformation than after. Unabashedly pro-Catholic and a real eye-opener!
  How the Reformation Happened
Hilaire Belloc
[Hardback] Peter Smith Publishing (1979)
  Turning Point For Europe? The Church in the Modern World - Assessment and Forecast
Joseph Cardinal Ratzinger
$11.65 (Save $1.30)
[Paperback] Ignatius Press (1994)

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