The Legend and Legacy of the Warriors of God
Both a religious order and a private army, the Templars were answerable only to the Pope and dominated the politics of the Middle East during the tumultuous age of the Crusades. This book traces the history and changing fortunes of the order, from its foundation in 1119 to its suppression amid accusations of heresy less than two centuries later.
The Triumph of Christianity
How a Forbidden Religion Swept the World
Within 400 years a small Jewish sect became the Roman Empire’s official religion, with 30 million followers. Ehrman investigates why Christianity’s message proved so compelling and highlights the great benefits and losses that resulted from such a monumental cultural transformation.
Shepherd of Another Flock
The Charming Tale of a New Vicar in a Yorkshire Country Town
In the 1990s, following an ‘unfortunate episode’, Yorkshire vicar David Wilbourne took over the diocese of Helmsley, a beautiful market town with a cold, damp 12th-century vicarage. This is a memoir of his first year, and his encounters with a range of colourful characters, from landowner Lord Feversham and Frank the singing shepherd to chef Ted, who had fought with the Polish Free Army.
Nicholas Love: The Mirror of the Blessed Life of Jesus Christ
A Full Critical Edition
An early 15th-century translation of the Latin Meditationes Vitae Christi, Nicholas Love’s Mirror was one of the most popular English books of meditations on the narrative of the life of Christ and is a key text for understanding of the spirituality of the period.
On Land and by Sea, Vol 4
With topics ranging across art, architecture and military and naval matters, including the Portuguese Orders’ involvement in oceanic navigation, these 27 papers reflect the wealth, power and breadth of influence of the military orders throughout medieval Europe. Proceedings of the Fourth Conference on the history of the Military Orders, 2005.
Medieval Art and Architecture in the Diocese of Glasgow
After an introductory, general account of the cathedral, this collection of 13 papers covers a variety of specialized subjects, among them the cult of St Kentigern at the cathedral in the 12th century, Scottish Romanesque sculpture, the stellar vaults of the inner crypt, and excavations at the cathedral in 1992–3.
British Hymn Books for Children, 1800–1900
Re-tuning the History of Childhood
In the first work to tackle this facet of children’s history, Clapp-Itnyre examines how hymn singing and the reading of hymns were an integral part of Victorian childhood experience, and she describes how hymn-book production for the young intersected with the major aesthetic movements of the 19th century. The unique qualities of children’s hymnody, she argues, were the context for empowerment of the child over the course of the century. Ashgate Studies in Childhood, 1700 to the Present.
A Speaking Life
John Keble & the Anglican Tradition of Ministry and Art
Esteemed by contemporaries as the source and real spirit of the Oxford Movement, John Keble (1792–1866) has been overshadowed by later interest in Newman and Manning. First published in 1995, this collection of essays seeks to redress the balance, reassessing the life and achievement of Keble, with particular reference to his interest in the visual arts and the Anglican tradition of ministry.
Barb of Fire
Twenty Poems of Blessed Elizabeth of the Trinity
First published shortly after her death, these poems by French Carmelite nun Elizabeth Catez (1880–1906) address themes including the Indwelling of the Trinity and the acceptance of suffering. Bancroft’s verse translation sets her poetry alongside prose passages by her contemporary, the celebrated Benedictine Abbot Marmion.
Apostles and Martyrs
Retelling stories of faith, witness and heroism, this introduction to the early Church is based on saints’ own writings and other ancient accounts of their lives. As well as familiar New Testament figures – Peter, Paul and the Evangelists – it highlights the later Christians, including Irenaeus, Hippolytus and Cyprian, who played important roles in the development of the Western Catholic tradition.
Reviving the Heart
The Story of the 18th Century Revival
The religious upheaval of the 18th-century English (or ‘Evangelical’) Revival had a significant impact on British culture and society. This book explores the reformist approach to Protestantism through the key figures in the movement, including the Wesleys and William Wilberforce, and how the ethos of individual piety underpinned the Methodist Church, the Clapham Sect, the anti-slavery campaign and the establishment of Sierra Leone. Off-mint.
The Reformation Experience
Living Through the Turbulent 16th Century
Histories of the Reformation have tended to concentrate on its major events and its most important figures, but this book follows a more recent trend by paying closer attention to ordinary people’s thoughts and lives. With a focus on the experience of individuals and communities in England, Ives considers how much the period’s divisive religious changes affected their beliefs, loyalties and behaviour.