The Roman Catholic Church

An Illustrated History


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Edward Norman


The history of the Roman Catholic Church is the gateway to understanding two thousand years of Western and world civilization. Edward Norman’s incisive account begins with how Roman Catholics understand the Faith, before telling the story of the many ways in which their Church has shaped the lives and beliefs of Christians and non-Christians alike.

Here you will find a trenchant view of the Crusades, undistorted by today’s agendas, and a bold view of the Counter Reformation as the fruit of the venerable Catholic reforming tradition; and then the beginning of a new 500-year history, in which missionaries took their message to Latin America and the East.

Today, the Catholic Church, once the defining institution in Europe, reflects the vision of the Second Vatican Council in 1962 and embodies Christ’s own injunction to ‘Teach all Nations’.

This uplifting account, beautifully illustrated throughout, closes with an insistent reminder that the apparent triumph of humanist materialism may not, after all, lead to its predicted conclusions.

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Weight 804 g
Dimensions 20 x 25.9 cm
Publisher name Thames and Hudson Ltd
Publication date 20 January 2010
Number of pages 192
Format Paperback / softback
Dimensions 20 x 25.9 cm
Weight 804 g


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Edward Norman lectured in history at the University of Cambridge and is an Emeritus Fellow of Peterhouse. A former Reith Lecturer for the BBC, Dr Norman has written widely on the history of Christianity and his most recent books include The Victorian Christian Socialists, Secularization and The House of God: Church Architecture, Style and History, reissued in paperback byThames & Hudson in 2005.