THE CHRISTIAN CENTURIES by Robert Payne

THE CHRISTIAN CENTURIES

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KIRKUS REVIEW

Mr. Payne, although he is a Protestant, renders great service to all Christian churches as a popularizer of the history and traditions common to the whole of Christendom. In this new work he explores the first thirteen centuries of Christianity, the era which, he feels, deserve the appellation of ""Christian"" more than any other. The book is, in practice, a well integrated collection of glittering and sympathetic biographical sketches of the men who made those centuries what they were, from Christ himself to Dante, with an enormous amount of fascinating background material on the intellectual, cultural, social, and emotional spirit of the times. It is difficult to understand how a writer as prolific as Mr. Payne can maintain such a high level of performance not only as a writer but also as a historian; yet, maintain it he does, and it is to be expected that The Christian Centuries will find as large an audience, both in the churches and out, as such previous works as The Lord Jesus and The Western Fathers.

Pub Date: Oct. 25th, 1966
Publisher: Norton