Sketches of Church History from 600 to 1300 AD by G.S.M. Walker

G.S.M. Walker, The Growing Storm. Sketches of Church History from A.D. 600 to A.D. 1350That the so-called “Dark Ages” contained a surprising amount of light soon becomes clear from the pages of this second volume in the Paternoster Church History. Even the Medieval Papacy, whose rise and fall is, broadley speaking, covered by the period of this book, and which became a laughing-stock and was treated as a scandal, had at the outset sought to embody a great principle – the principle that the spiritual is superior to the temporal, that morality is superior to politics, that Christ is superior to the kingdoms of mankind. It was for the same principle that in later times Scottish Covenanters were to contend and suffer, so demonstrating a historical unity of problems in widely differing periods and circumstances.

Indeed, this book cealr underlines this historical unity by showing that even in the Middle Ages men grappled with problems not unlike our own; but the roles were so surprisingly reversed that it is often hard for the modern mind to see clearly which was the angels’ side. The instance, monks were busy preaching puritan sermons, scholars were almost all fundamentalists, early “Protestants” were devoted to the Virgin, and there was actually a sort of evangelical revival which won warmer sympathy from the reigning Pontiff than would have been shewn by an English Bishop of John Wesley’s day.

This complex period Dr. Walker graphically illustrates by telling the story of some characteristic lives, with sufficient background to make the narrative cohetrent, in spite of the seven-and-a half centuries that are covered. Gregory, Boniface, and Hildebrand, Anselm, Abelard and Bernard, Francis, Aquinas, Raymond Lull, Dante and others, all make their contribution to a composite picture in which the various convictions, catholic and evangelical and liberal, are well and widely represented, sometimes even fermenting together in the same brain. Then we see the tension mounting and the storm-clouds gathering, as distinct parties draw apart in a struggle that would intensify with the coming of Wycliffe, and would come to its climax in the Reformation.

From the dustjacket

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G.S.M. Walker, The Growing Storm. Sketches of Church History from A.D. 600 to A.D. 1350. London: The Paternoster Press, 1961. Hbk. pp.252. [Click to visit the download page]

Contents

  • Preface
  1. Gregory the Great
  2. Boniface an the Conversion of Northern Europe
  3. Alcuin and the Carolingian Renaissance
  4. The East from Leo the Isaurian to Michael Cerularius
  5. The Hildebrandine Reform
  6. The First Crusade
  7. Anselm and the Rise of Scholasticism
  8. Abelard and Bernard of Clairvaux
  9. The Waldensians
  10. The Pontificate of Innocent III
  11. Francis and his Followers
  12. The Dominicans; Aquinas; and the German Mystics
  13. The Last Crusader
  14. The Missionary Zeal of Raymond Lull
  15. Dante and the Dawn of a New Age
  • Bibliography
  • Index

Anselm of Canterbury and His Work

Adam Cleghorn Welch [1864-1943], Anselm and His WorkAnselm, bishop of Canterbury from 1093 to 1109, is probably best remembered for his work Cur Deus Homo?Why Did God Become Man? In it he attempted to explain the atonement in terms of the medieval feudal system. Adam Welch makes clear his significance in church history, noting that he is even credited as the father of Scholaticism by some scholars. This title is in the public domain.

Adam Cleghorn Welch [1864-1943], Anselm and His Work. New York: Charles Scribner’s Sons, 1901. Hbk. pp.251. [Click to visit the download page]

Contents

  • Preface
  • Introduction
  1. The Val D’Aosta: 1033 or 1034-1057
  2. Sainte Marie de Bec: 1034
  3. Monk, Prior, and Abbot: 1059-1092
  4. The Monologium and Proslogium
  5. The Church in England: 1062-1087
  6. Election as Archbishop: 1092-1093
  7. Rockingham: 1093-1095
  8. The Rupture at Winchester: 1095-1097
  9. The First Exile and “Cur Deus Homo”: 1097-1098
  10. Councils of Bari and Rome: 1098-1100
  11. The Investiture Question – Anselm and Beauclerk: 1100-1103
  12. The Concordat: 1103-1107
  13. Conclusion: 1107-1109
  • Index

Introduction

Europe in the early half of that eleventh century into which Anselm was born was renewing itself under the influence of a quickened religious spirit. Christianity in the Western world had two great outward struggles with paganism, the first with a paganism which was already in possession and was rich in the accumulated treasures of an older civilisation, the second with a paganism which sought to repossess itself of Europe and to overwhelm in barbarism the new order almost before it had struck root. The early incursions which broke down the Roman Empire had hardly been survived, and their influence had not been assimilated, before an equally heavy storm burst upon the West. The Avars from Asia, ever fertile of men, thrust themselves into the centre of Europe, and wasting everything on their way penetrated through Austria….

English Monastic Finances in the Later Middle Ages by R.H. Snape

st-thomas-aquinas By Carlo Crivelli - http://www.nationalgallery.org.uk/paintings/carlo-crivelli-saint-thomas-aquinas, Public Domain, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=528367
St Thomas Aquinas By Carlo Crivelli – Public Domain,

This book on monastic finances won the Prince Consort Prize in 1912 and was published in the hope that it would inspire other students to research in this field. However, the content is such that it would prove of interest to anyone wanting to know more about medieval monasticism. This title entered the public domain on the 1st January this year.

Robert Hugh Snape [1886-1947], English Monastic Finances in the Later Middle Ages. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1926. Hbk. pp.190. [Click to download complete book in PDF]

Contents

  • General Preface
  • Preface
  • Introduction
  1. The Monastic Population
  2. The Monastic Organisation
  3. The Monastic Revenues
  4. Aspects of Monastic Expenditure
  5. Monastic Debt
  6. The Material Comfort of Monastic Life
  • Appendix A. The Cluniac Houses, 162-1279
  • Appendix B. The Province of Rouen, 1548-1269
  • Appendix C. The Bursary
  • Index

Introduction

To most Englishmen the one great event which the mention of monasticism brings to mind is the Dissolution of the Monasteries. The centuries during which the religious houses stood to the world around as havens wherein it was possible, for some at least, to attain that life which to the mediaeval mind was beyond question the highest, are overshadowed by the moment in which they fell. With that’ fall questions are connected round which historians have joined in what may seem a battle incapable of ending. Whether the suppression of the monasteries was just or necessary, whether they had degenerated, whether their downfall represents only the achievement of one despotic will, defending itself by purchased lies and winning acquiescence by wholesale corruption, are questions which still bulk large. No student of monastic life and history can ignore them; each is in some measure bound to regard his work as a contribution towards their solution. [Continue reading]

Seven Lectures on Medieval Missions by Thomas Smith D.D.

These seven lectures on medieval missions include within their scope material on Clovis and Clotilda, Paternus, Columba, Augustine of Canterbury, Aidan, Columbanus, Brunehilde, Boniface, Willebrord, Anskar and Ramon Llull. They appear on-line thanks to Redcliffe College, who recently asked me to digitise 1,000 mission books from their library. This book is in the Public Domain.

Thomas Smith, Medieval Missions. Duff Missionary Lectures – First Series. Edinburgh: T & T Clark, 1880. Hbk. pp.279. [Click to download in PDF]

Preface

The Duff Missionary Lectureship has been instituted under the provisions of the will of the late Dr. Alexander Duff. In arranging for its foundation, his son has complied with the dying instructions of his father, deviating from these instructions only to the extent of designating the lectureship by his father’s name,-a deviation which, I venture to think, will be universally approved.

In terms of a trust-deed executed by Mr. Duff, a course of lectures, not fewer than six in number, ‘On some department of Foreign Missions or cognate subjects,’ is to be delivered once in every four years, each lecturer to give only one course. They are to be delivered in Edinburgh and repeated in Glasgow, or delivered in Glasgow and repeated in Edinburgh, or delivered and repeated in such other places as the trustees may direct. The lectures are then to be published, and copies are to be presented to certain libraries in this country, continental Europe, America, India, Africa, and Australia. The trustees are men belonging to different denominations, and the lecturer is to be ‘ a minister, professor, or godly layman of any Evangelical Church.’

In the introduction to the first lecture I have sufficiently explained the circumstances in/ which I was appointed as the first holder of the lectureship, as having been long associated with Dr. Duff in mission work in Bengal, and afterwards in the home-management of the missions of the Free Church of Scotland. While I venture to entertain a humble hope that the present volume may communicate to its readers a considerable portion of information, and may stimulate their interest in the great work of missions, I desire that it may be regarded also as a tribute to the memory of one for whom, during forty years of uninterrupted friendship and constant intercourse, I cherished feelings of tenderest affection, while I shared with the universal church the sentiment of admiration of his gifts and veneration of his graces. [Continue reading]

History of Medieval Missions by George Maclear

George Frederick Maclear [1833-1902], A History of Christian Missions During the Middle AgesGeorge Maclear’s History of the Christian Mission in the Middle Ages records the spread of Christianity in Europe and beyond from 340 to 1520 AD. Along the way he discussed the contributions to mission made by St. Columba, St. Patrick, Augustine of Canterbury and St. Boniface. Works on this period are fairly rare, so it nice to be able to make one available in this way. This book is in the Public Domain.

George Frederick Maclear [1833-1902], A History of Christian Missions During the Middle Ages. Cambridge & London: MacMillan & Co, 1863. Hbk. pp.466. [Click to download in PDF]

Contents

Introduction

  1. The Mission Field of the Middle Ages
  2. Early efforts of the Church among the new races. A.D. 340-308
  3. The Church of Ireland, and the Mission of St. Patrick. A.D. 431-490
  4. St. Columba and the Conversion of the Picts
  5. Mission of St. Augustine to England. A.D. 596-627
  6. Progress of Missionary work in England. A.D. 627-689
  7. Celtuc Missionaries in Southern Germany. A.D. 592-630
  8. Missionary efforts in Friesland and parts adjacent. A.D. 628-719
  9. St. Boniface and the conversion of Germany. A.D. 715-755
  10. Efforts of the Disciples of St. Boniface. A.D. 719-789
  11. Missionary efforts in Denmark and Sweden. A.D. 800-1011
  12. The conversion of Norway. A.D. 900-1030
  13. Missions among the Slavic or Slavonic Races. A.D. 800-1000
  14. The conversion of Poland and Pomeronia. A.D. 1000-1127
  15. Conversion of Wendland, Prussia, and Lithuania. A.D. 1050-1410
  16. Missions to the Saracens and the Mongols. A.D. 1200-1400
  17. Compulsory Conversion of the Jews and Moors. A.D. 1400-1500
  18. Retrospect and Reflections
  19. Retrospect and Reflections

Introduction

On two occasions in the recorded history of the Apostle Paul, we behold him brought into contact with pure barbarism. The first is that familiar one when having been driven from the great towns of central Asia :Minor, he had in company with Barnabas, penetrated into the region of Lystra and Derbe. The district here indicated was, as is known to all, inhabited by a rude population, amongst whom the civilization of imperial Rome had scarcely penetrated. The natives of these two little towns situated amidst the bare and barren steppes of Lycaonia, spoke a dialect of their own, and were addicted to a rude and primitive superstition. Theirs was not the philosophical faith of the educated classses at Rome or Athens. It was the superstition of simple pagan villagers on whom the Jewish synagogue had produced little or no impression. [Continue reading]

Call for Applications: The Scholasticum Institute

Guest Post by the Faculty of The Scholasticum Institute

Scholasticum InstituteWe, the associated faculty of The Scholasticum Institute, in the birthplace of St. Bonaventure (Bagnoregio, Italy), hereby announce the establishment of a new institute of medieval studies dedicated to reviving the study of Scholastic Theology and Philosophy. The institute will have as its goal the formation of a new generation of theologians and philosophers who have been trained and equipped according to the sources and method of study employed by Sts. Thomas Aquinas and St. Bonaventure.
The institute will offer courses to students physically present at its headquarters in Rome and by video-conferencing to those throughout the world.  Applications are now open and can be accessed at our Registrar’s office in Rome, or on our website!
We offer a 1- or 2-year course of study with the option of four cycles: Baccalaureus Philosophicus, Baccalaureus Biblicus, Baccalaureus Sententiarius, and Magister Sacrae Doctrinae.
Please see our informational flyer and Annuario Academico for more information.

New Book: Early Christianity In Its Song And Verse

Press Release

OLD STORIES AND THE HEART BEAT WITHIN

Early Christianity In Its Song And Verse

 

Early Christianity In Its Song and VerseLike so many periods of human history, the period examined and illustrated in author Robert J. Glendinning’s new book Early Christianity In Its Song and Verse is rife with conflict: marching Roman legions, the fall of empires, invasions, religious conversions, persecutions, and the clash of reason and faith. Defying conventional wisdom, this work of creative non-fiction uses poetry—the lyrics of ancient Latin hymns—translated into English verse, to tell a story.

In Early Christianity In Its Song and Verse, published through FriesenPress, two levels of story-telling create a picture of the world of early Christianity. The tumultuous and dramatic external history of this 1000-year era from CE 300-1300 is outlined in the introductions, notes, and commentary. The interior mind of the era, its spiritual experience, is revealed from the inside in the hymn lyrics composed by those who lived at the time and participated in its struggles. Early Christianity In Its Song and Verse is decidedly user friendly, offering the reader a variety of ways of reading and using the work. Those with little or no previous knowledge of the subject will find in the notes and commentaries information that ranges from very basic to an advanced level.

Critical assessment: “ . . . provides a blend of scholarship and creative translation focusing on Christianity’s formative years. . . . valuable and satisfying . . . . as remarkable as Glendinning’s work as a translator is, the academic writing is even more impressive . , , . he rolls out all this worthy material without the unnecessarily complicated jargon that mars many similar scholarly —Kirkus Reviews

Early Christianity In Its Song and Verse by Robert J. Glendinning is available for purchase from the FriesePress Bookstore, Barnes & Noble and most online retailers. The eBook can also be purchased from Nook, Kindle, GooglePlay and iTunes Bookstore. Canadian academic Robert Glendinning obtained his BA and his MA degrees at the University of Manitoba in Winnipeg, Canada, and his PhD at the University of Freiburg, Germany. He was a member of the Department of German and Slavic Studies at the University of Manitoba until his retirement in 1996.

To learn more about book and author visit www.earlychristianverse.com

Conference on Modern Religious History

Conference on Modern Religious History

Division of History and Politics

University of Stirling

Tuesday 14 June  – Wednesday 15 June 2016

Programme

Tuesday 14 June

 1.00     Lunch

2.00     Session I

Stewart J. Brown, Professor of Ecclesiastical History, University of Edinburgh:

‘British Imperial Christianity in the Nineteenth Century: The Anglican Established Church in India’

3.15     Refreshment Break

3.45     Session II

Clyde Binfield, Emeritus Professor of History, University of Sheffield:

‘J. H. Whitley and the Congregational Mindset’

5.00     Conclusion of Day

 

Wednesday 15 June

9.00     Session III

Eugenio Biagini, Professor of Modern and Contemporary History, University of Cambridge, and Fellow of Sidney Sussex College, Cambridge:

‘“Patrick, the First Churchman” in the Protestant Vision of Ernest Bateman of Booterstown, Dublin (1886-1979)’

10.15   Refreshment Break

10.45   Session IV

Mary Heimann, Professor of Modern History, Cardiff University:

‘St Francis and the Modern Imagination’

12.00   Lunch

1.00     Session V

Callum Brown, Professor of Late Modern European History, University of Glasgow:

‘Becoming Atheist: How Scots Lost Religion in the Twentieth Century’

2.15     Refreshment Break

2.45     Session VI

Kenneth D. Brown, Professor Emeritus of History, Queen’s University, Belfast:

‘William and Herbert Gladstone: Father and Son’

4.00     Conclusion of Conference

 

Attendance is open to all and free, but booking by Wednesday 8 June is essential.

Lunch each day will cost £10, to be paid on the day.

Patterson’s History of the Church of England

Dioceses Under Henry IIIM.W. Patterson’s book A History of the Church of England is now a available for free download in PDF. It covers English Church history from the arrival of the first missionaries up to the Victorian era (when the book was written). The book became public domain last year.

M.W. Patterson [1873-1944], A History of the Church of England. London: Longmans, Green & Co., 1929. Hbk. pp.457. Click to download.

Contents

  1. The Church in Britain Before the Anglo-Saxon Conquest
  2. The Anglo-Saxon Conquest and the Roman Mission
  3. The Work of the Scotch Missionaries Till the Synod Of Whitley, 664
  4. Wilfrid and Theodore: The Organisation of the Church
  5. The Church to the Norman Conquest – The Coming of the Danes – Alfred and His Successors
  6. The Church Under the Norman Kings
  7. The Conflict of Church and State – Henry II. and Thomas Becket
  8. The Church and The Great Charter
  9. The Church in the Thirteenth Century
  10. The Church and the Wycliffite Movement
  11. The Church at the Close of the Middle Ages
  12. The New Learning and the Early Years of Henry VIII.
  13. The Reformation Under Henry VIII.
  14. The Reign of Edward VI. and the Growth of Protestant Influences
  15. The Marian Reaction and the Elizabethan Settlement
  16. The Church Under Elizabeth – Puritanism and Romanism
  17. The Church Under the Early Stewarts – The Laudian Regime
  18. The Long Parliament and the Puritan Revolt
  19. The Restoration and the Revolution
  20. The Church from 1714-1833 – Rationalism and the Evangelical Revival
  21. The Oxford Movement and the Victorian Era

Principal Dates

Appendices

  1. Bishoprics On Eve of Norman Conquest
  2. Doctrine Concerning Sacrament of Holy Communion
  3. Synopsis of Reformation Parliament
  4. Sacrificial Aspect of Holy Communion
  5. The Ornaments Rubric
  6. Anglican Orders
  7. Lists of Popes, Archbishops, Kings

Index

Maps

Map of Dioceses Old and New Under Henry VIII
Map of Dioceses in 1909

Ireland and the Celtic Church online

George T Stokes, Ireland and the Celtic ChurchOne of the fruits of a visit to Book Aid over the Christmas holiday was the following book on the history of the Celtic Church in Ireland. It contains 17 lectures on St. Patrick, St. Columba, Columbanus and the Pascal controversy by George T. Stokes. Stokes was Professor of Ecclesiastical History at the University of Dublin. The full text, being in the Public Domain, is now available for free download in PDF.

George T. Stokes [1843-1898], Ireland and the Celtic Church. A History of Ireland From St. Patrick to the English Conquest in 1172, 6th revised edn. London: SPCK, 1907. Hbk. pp.382. Click to download it here.

The book contained the following piece of emphemera:

Ephemera from George T. Stokes

As you can see, this indicates that the book was originally sent as a review copy. However, as many of the page-edges were still uncut, I would deduce that it was never read and that a review was not written. So, this is the first time that this copy has been fully opened since it was published 1907! Hopefully it will be read by many people now.

Perhaps someone could please add a link to the online version of the book to Prof. G.T. Stoke’s Wikipedia page?

Contents

Lecture 1 – The Ancient Celtic Church

Lecture 2 – St. Patrick

Lecture 3 – St. Patrick’s Mission

Lecture 4 – Tara and the Conversion of Ireland

Lecture 5 – St. Columba

Lecture 6 – Columba in Iona

Lecture 7 – Columbanus

Lecture 8 – The Paschal Controversy

Lecture 9 – Ireland and the East

Lecture 10 – The Social Life of the Eighth Century

Lecture 11 – Greek and Hebrew in Irish Monasteries

Lecture 12 – The Round – Towers of Ireland

Lecture 13 – The Danish Invasion of Ireland and the Pagan Crusade

Lecture 14 – The Danish Kingdom of Dublin

Lecture 15 – Brian Boru and the Triumph of Christianity

Lecture 16 -The See of Dublin and Union With England

Lecture 17 – St. Malachy and the See of Armagh