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For many, the medieval world seems dark and foreign—a miraculous, brutal, and irrational time of superstition and strange relics. The pursuit of heretics, the Inquisition, the Crusades, and the domination of the Holy Land come to mind. Yet the medieval world produced much that is part of our world today, including universities, the passion for Roman architecture and the emergence of the Gothic style, pilgrimage, the emergence of capitalism, and female saints.

This new narrative history of medieval Christianity combines what is familiar and unfamiliar to modern audiences. Elements of novelty in the book include a steady focus on the role of women in Christianity; the relationships among Christians, Jews, and Muslims; the experience of ordinary parishioners; the adventure of asceticism, devotion, and worship; and instruction through drama, architecture, and art. Kevin Madigan expertly integrates these areas of focus with more traditional themes, such as the evolution and decline of papal power; the nature and repression of heresy, sanctity, and pilgrimage; the Conciliar Movement; and the break between the old western church and its reformers.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “[Madigan’s] prose style is accessible and clear, making for an engaging narrative history that should please experts while whetting the appetites of beginners, providing background on and insight into a foreign society while charting development of a religious culture that still has relevance for the Western world today.”

    Publishers Weekly (starred review)

  • “A masterful yet accessible introduction to the principal institutional, intellectual, and social developments of medieval Christianity.”

    Rachel Fulton Brown, author of From Judgment to Passion: Devotion to Christ and the Virgin Mary, 800–1200

  • “Offering a new approach to the history of medieval Christianity, this ambitious book fully lives up to the expectations it sets. Throughout its subtle and supple narrative, it deepens readers’ knowledge of this important period.”

    Willemien Otten, University of Chicago

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About the Author

Kevin Madigan is the author or coauthor of several books, including Resurrection: The Power of God for Christians and Jews, Ordained Women in the Early Church: A Documentary History, and Olivi and the Interpretation of Matthew in the High Middle Ages. He is the Winn Professor of Ecclesiastical History at Harvard Divinity School. He specializes in the study of medieval Christian religious practice and thought. Kevin lives in Cambridge, Massachusetts.