A Brief History of Christianity, Paperback

A Brief History of Christianity Paperback

Part of the Brief Histories series

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This volume tells the story of Christianity through the individual men and women who shaped it.

It is a story of colossal undertakings and spectacular successes as well as ferocious intolerance, greed and bloodshed.

Bamber Gascoigne traces a clear path through a complicated history, exploring the motives, the passions, the fears and the achievements of the Christians.

His approach is objective and he writes in a conversational style, focusing on moments of significant detail and a vast and varied cast of characters.


  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 272 pages, illustrations
  • Publisher: Little, Brown Book Group
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  • Category: Church history
  • ISBN: 9781841197104



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A very good basic introduction to the history of Christianity that covers the major events, trends and personalities in a way that serves as a good bridge to further more detailed reading. This was originally written to accompany a 13 part TV series in 1977 (though it has been updated a little since) and the chapters are therefore all of nearly identical length and readability. The author is balanced in his assessments and has no axe to grind. An excellent book.