Royal Books and Holy Bones
Essays in Medieval Christianity
In this collection of his recent writing, Duffy engages with historians’ growing interest in the material culture and practices by which medieval Christians articulated their convictions. Shedding light on Western religion between the decline of pagan Rome and the Reformation, the 21 essays focus both on physical objects, from relics and images of saints to the mysterious Voynich manuscript, and on responses to such varied phenomena as sacred song, holy war and plague.
A Global History
From the music of ancient Israel to modern country, folk and jazz, this richly illustrated history introduces the extraordinary breadth of Christian musical expression through the ages. The book traces both liturgical traditions and non-liturgical sacred music across the world, from Europe to China, and draws on the expertise of a team of scholars and musicians to discuss themes as varied as psalms, medieval chant, the 19th-century ‘hymn industry’ and the American gospel tradition.
The 488 personal jottings that form Marcus Aurelius’ Meditations have significantly influenced Western thought but lack clear order and sequence. Stedall’s dialogues make these Stoic ideas more accessible, as the Roman Emperor converses with historical figures including the Greek doctor Galen and Egyptian priest Harnouphis. Slightly off-mint.
Tito's Great Confidence Trick
In December 1943 Churchill withdrew support from anti-communist partisans in Yugoslavia and threw his weight behind Tito. Drawing on recently declassified documents, this history explains how senior figures in Whitehall and the SOE acted as the Yugoslav leader’s mouthpiece, doctoring or suppressing reports critical of him. It also reveals how Tito’s forces scarcely harassed the German occupiers, but instead used arms provided by Britain to massacre thousands of his opponents during and after the war.
Open to God
Open to the World
In these conversations, recorded by Antonio Spadaro, Pope Francis shares his thoughts on some of the issues facing the church, his Papacy and the world. In informal dialogue with people from all walks of life, he confronts the tension between faith and fundamentalism, ecumenism, social justice, and the struggle for human rights in Myanmar and Latin America.
The King and the Catholics
The Fight for Rights 1829
In 1780, the anti-Papist Gordon riots left 1,000 dead and London in flames; half a century later, Parliament passed the Catholic Emancipation Act. This narrative history charts the struggles that brought about that conclusion. It profiles the key players, including George III, a staunch opponent of emancipation; the political rivals Wellington and Peel; and the Irish campaigner Daniel O’Connell; and examines the conflict between the right to practise one’s religion and allegiance to the state.
Celtic Saints of Scotland, Northumbria and the Isle of Man
Elizabeth Rees explores a key period in early Christianity in northern Britain. From St Columba’s Abbey on Iona to Aidan’s monastery on Lindisfarne, she describes hundreds of notable sites, many of which can still be visited, using maps and photographs to gain insights into the period. With the aid of archaeological finds, ancient inscriptions and texts, she tells the story of both well-known saints and lesser known individuals and describes the landscape they inhabited.
In the Footsteps of Jesus
A Chronicle of His Life and the Origins of Christianity
With insights from recent archaeological research and ancient historical sources, this illustrated guide to the world of the Gospels sets the events of Jesus’ life in the context of Near Eastern geography and cultural history. It traces his path from Bethlehem, through the agricultural society of Lower Galilee to his final days in Jerusalem. The book then explores how early Christians spread the new religion’s message across the Roman Empire. Revised and updated edition.
The Minister and the Murderer
A Book of Aftermaths
Should a self-confessed murderer be allowed to become a priest? In 1984 the Church of Scotland wrestled with this question when James Nelson, who had served a prison sentence for killing his mother, applied for ordination as a minister. Kelly uses this case as the starting-point for a history of the Church in Scotland, which also combines personal memoir, true-crime narrative and an exegesis of biblical and literary accounts of sin and forgiveness.
Faith Finding a Voice
The Archbishop of Westminster explores how Christians can listen with greater attention to the voice of God and how they can better convey its message in their words and actions. In particular, he invites the reader to respond to an altarpiece by Pietro Orioli, reflects on the place of religious literacy in education and encourages us to build a more peaceful world through inter-faith dialogue.
The Holy Mountain
An Anzac veteran, Sydney Loch (1888–1955) and his wife Joyce settled in Thessalonika, in the last village where women were allowed before the wall of the male-only Athos peninsula. Drawing on 25 years of living there and exploring the Holy Mountain, this is Loch’s account of the autonomous region inhabited only by Orthodox monks, living in monasteries on the flanks of the mountain and keeping Byzantine time, in which the day begins at sunset. First published in 1957. Small print
Deciphering a Memory
Although Jesus’ conversation with Pilate was a moment of enormous political and theological significance, the Roman governor of Judaea is a shadowy figure in the Gospel accounts. Schiavone takes the reader on a ‘journey within early Christian memory’ to investigate what can be learned from those narratives and their intersection with Judaeo-Roman historiography: who was Pilate, what was he thinking during his questioning of Jesus and how did he become a figure of such controversy and ambiguity? American-cut pages.
Living with Eagles
Marcus Morris, Priest and Publisher
Dan Dare, Pilot of the Future, made his debut in April 1950, in the first issue of Eagle. A reaction to contemporary American imports, the revolutionary comic was the brainchild of the Rev Marcus Morris (1915–89). Co-written by his daughter, this is the first biography of an unconventional churchman and a visionary editor.
Jesus Before the Gospels
How the Earliest Christians Remembered, Changed, and Invented their Stories of the Savior
The earliest surviving accounts of Jesus’ life date from several decades after his death, and their reliability has been questioned. Ehrman brings a fresh approach to the study of the Gospels, drawing on research, by anthropologists, sociologists and psychologists, which examines how memory is distorted and how stories change within oral traditions. He argues that the Gospels form ‘shared memories of the past’ that reveal how the early Christians’ beliefs about Jesus were shaped by the world in which they lived. Slightly off-mint and felt-tip mark on lower trimmed edge.
Bishop Joseph Hall
and Protestant Meditation in Seventeenth-Century England
Joseph Hall (1574–1656), the Bishop of Norwich, was a prolific author of sermons and other religious tracts; this volume focuses on two, his The Art of Divine Meditation (1606) and Occasional Meditations (1633). Providing critical editions of both texts, with notes and a substantial introduction, Huntley argues that these works show how Hall’s writings were crucial to the development of a ‘non-Jesuitical, Protestant and English mode of meditation’. Off-mint.
Seeking the Absolute Love
The Founders of Christian Monasticism
How should Christian religions adapt to today’s changing culture? The author argues that this question is best answered by considering the founders of monastic traditions, from the Greek-educated Clement of Alexandria (who died c.215 CE) to 12th-century reformer St Bernard. He explains how these early Fathers skilfully selected the spiritual treasures of the ancients and adapted them for new contexts.
Pope Pius XII
Architect for Peace
Pope Pius XII has been much criticized for his role during the Second World War, particularly his alleged appeasement of the Nazis and failure to intervene on behalf of Jews during the Holocaust. This reappraisal challenges that view. Drawing on letters and other documents from the Vatican archives, it reveals his work for peace, his support for prisoners of war, and his efforts to save Jewish lives in Italy. Slightly off-mint.