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Acknowledgements Notes and Abbreviations Glossary Map: The Mediterranean World Introduction 1. Pentecost to the Fourth Century 2. Early Middle Ages: 400 to 1054 3. Central and Late Middle Ages 4. Early Modern Catholicism: 1500 to 1800 5. Nineteenth and Twentieth Centuries Conclusion Appendix: List of Ecumenical Councils Bibliography Index

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A new volume to replace The Short History of the Catholic Church (Burns&Oates) - now severely out of date.

About the Author

Dr Norman Tanner is a Jesuit priest and now Professor of Church History at The Gregorian University in Rome, Italy.


Tanner covers a tremendous amount of ground but never leaves the reader overwhelmed with dates and names ... If you want a reliable general survey of Church History, allowing you to see the woods for the trees, then this is the book for you. -- The Catholic Times
'A short, readable and informed survey of church history.' -- The Church of England Newspaper
An excellent overview of church history focussing mainly on Roman Catholicism and covering five periods... It includes a map of the Mediterranean world, a useful appendix listing ecumenical councils, a glossary of terms and a good bibliography and index. It will be a useful reference work, particularly for theological students and clergy, and will be a welcome addition to church history studies. -- The Good Bookstall
...the bibliography accompanying this book testifies to the breadth and depth of scholarship distilled [in this book]. -- The Furrow
While the book is eminently readable, its treatment of the divine and human dimensions of the Christian mystery, through history, is sophisticated... Tanner is to be congratulated on writing this complex and fascinating story with learning, wit and clarity. The publisher is to be thanked for producing an elegant and attractive volume at an affordable price. -- L'Osservatore Romano
In fewer than 250 pages Norman Tanner... manages to compress some 2,000 years of history in a fluent and engaging way... In a sparing and economical style [he] communicates the essential developments and events of the Catholic Church. However, he also manages to include a remarkable amount of specifics, accompanied by a sensitive understanding of the changing methodology of church history over the centuries. -- The Pastoral Review Volume 7 Issue 6
Father Tanner's mastery of conciliar history enables him to give a harmonious and integrated account of the continuities, discontinuities and unresolved issues at each moment in history. . . . [The book] provide[s] a rich foundation for Catholic understanding and witness and could also provide resources for those who wish to enrich their Catholic witness within conversation among Christians, or to inform those outside who wish to discover the richness of Catholic self-understanding. -- Catholic San Francisco
This is a useful book of reference by the master of the history of the councils of the Church... There is enormous value in a short, reliable, and careful study of a sequence of events that may have unfamiliar joinings and passageways to modern believers... -- Catholic Historical Review
Reviewed in Doctrine and Life, Vol. 62, No.4.

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