The Church and the Middle Ages (1000–1378)

Cathedrals, Crusades, and the Papacy in Exile
Edited by: Mike Aquilina
Foreword by: Mike Aquilina

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Publication date: December 25, 2020

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History often identifies the Middle Ages as barbaric, superstitious, and bloody. Many secular historians classify the Catholic Church of the time as omnipotent and overbearing.

In reality, the Church provided the world with a common way of life, a common purpose, and unity. In The Church and the Middle Ages (1000-1378), historian Steve Weidenkopf explains that the medieval people were intensely faithful and that it was an era of grandiose adventures and brilliant advancements in human achievement. The actions of the faithful men and women of this period and their accomplishments reverberate to the modern day.

With vibrant accounts of pivotal events and inspiring stories of the people who shaped the Church during the eleventh through fourteenth centuries, Weidenkopf provides a clearer picture of an era where critics used events such as the Crusades and the relocation of the papacy to France to undermine the Church. The period also provided the hallmarks of Christian civilization—universities, cathedrals, castles, and various religious orders.

Weidenkopf also chronicles the development of Christian civilization in Europe and explores the contributions of St. Bruno, St. Anthony of Padua, and St. Bridget of Sweden.

In this book, you will learn:

  • Most Crusaders were motivated by piety and service, not greed.
  • Heresy was both a church and civil issue and medieval inquisitors were focused on the eternal salvation of the accused.
  • The Church preached against the mistreatment of Jews.

Product Details

Pages: 192

Trim size: 6 x 9 inches

ISBN: 9781594719530

Imprint: Ave Maria Press

More Books in the Reclaiming Catholic History Series

The Early Church (33–313)
The Church and the Roman Empire (301–490)
The Church and the Dark Ages (430–1027)
The Church and the Middle Ages (1000–1378)
The Church and the Modern Era (1846–2005)
The Church and the Age of Reformations (1350–1650)
The Church and the Age of Enlightenment (1648–1848)
  • “An excellent and engaging primer on the High Middle Ages. “

    “Steve Weidenkopf’s book is an excellent and engaging primer on the persons, events, and culture of the High Middle Ages. Catholics should take a lively interest in Weidenkopf’s work, as it affirms the intrinsic connection between the Catholic faith and the hallmarks of Western civilization that developed in the medieval period. I recommend it highly.”

    Phillip Campbell
    Author of the Story of Civilization series

  • “Methodical, careful, and fair.”

    “This book provides up-close introductions to many of the colorful and attractive personalities that dominate the period, while also methodically, carefully, and fairly examining and exposing the numerous myths that obscure our vision of the Medieval age.”

    Jamie Blosser
    Professor of theology at Benedictine College
    Author of Positively Medieval

  • “Engaging and comprehensive.”

    “Knowing history is a crucial part of Catholic apologetics and this book is a superb place to start. Steve Weidenkopf debunks myths and dispenses illusions about one of the most misrepresented and misunderstood periods of history. Accompany Weidenkopf as he dives deep in this engaging and comprehensive presentation.”

    Derya Little
    Author of From Islam to Christ

  • “Inspiring.”

    “Steve Weidenkopf helps readers see the Church not only as culture-maker but also as troubled by foes inside and out, led by an array of saints and sinners, and with a fragile glory that can still inspire us if we understand it aright.”

    David M. Wagner
    Author of The Church and the Modern Era (1846-2005)

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