THE EAGLE AND THE CROSS by ubertus su Lowenstein


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This is another novel dealing with the life and times of the early Christian era and especially with the impact of Christianity upon the Roman Empire. The author has been at great pains to reconstruct the physical and cultural background of his characters, and he makes the Roman world of the early first century stand out in vivid detail. The author goes out of his way to emphasize the fact that among the early Christians were many of high estate. Prince ubertue zu Lowenstein evidently does not relish the thought that most of the early Christians were slaves and other people of ""the lower starts of society"", although the testimony of St. Paul is against him on this score. Prince zu Lowenstein also makes it a point to dress the Roman Empire in modern garb even by allusions to sleeping cars, central heating, a knowledge of electricity and of the atom, for all of which he states that he has found historical evidence. The story moves along smoothly and holds the interest, although one has the impression that the author's chief concern is with the setting and not with the characters in the story. Although the author is a Catholic there is no reason why other Christians should not enjoy this book as much as his co-religionists.

Pub Date: May 20th, 1947
Publisher: Macmillan