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Monks and Mystics: Chronicles of the Medieval Church
History Lives, Vol. 2
by Mindy and Brandon Withrow
Christian Focus Publications, 224 pages
ISBN: 1845500830

Available at: IndieBound, Powell’s, Amazon, Barnes and Noble and other retailers

Publisher Description: Let history come to life—just the way it should! Read the stories of the Medieval church and discover how the young Christian church moved into a new and dangerous era from Gregory I to Wyclif and Huss.

Discover the crusades, the spread of Islam, and the beginnings of the university and the Protestant Reformation. The church struggles against persecution and problems from inside and out. Learn from the mistakes and errors of the medieval church, but also learn from their amazing strengths and gifts.

Extra features throughout this book look deeper into issues such as Islam; division between East and West; the crusades; the first university; medieval creeds and councils; and the Renaissance.

This is the second in a series intended to cover the history of the Christian church through its people. They are written with 9-14 year olds in mind but the modern, relaxed and enthusiastic style is infectious!

Contents: This volume spans the years from 550 to 1500. Chapters highlight the lives of Gregory the Great, Boniface, Charlemagne, Constantine (Cyril) and Methodius, Prince Vladimir, Anselm of Canterbury, Bernard of Clairvaux, Francis, Thomas Aquinas, Catherine of Sienna, John Wyclif, and John Hus. Additional background features include: Medieval Church Timeline; What was the Medieval Church?; How Did the Pope Get His Name?; What is Islam?; A Divided Church: The Great Schism of 1054; What Were the Crusades?; How the University was Born; Councils of the Medieval Church; Other Medieval Christians; and The Renaissance: The Middle Ages Come to an End.

On the cover: A young Francis of Assisi, at the start of his monastic career, is hard at work repairing the San Damiano Chapel in 13th century Italy.