What impels the leaders of a religion to begin systematically to convert an entire continent? How do they go about doing it? How thorough is the conversion to be? What roles do politics and military conquest play in such religious conversion? How does conversion proceed in society, and how does it change society? Fletcher is well qualified to answer these and many other related questions with respect to the Christianizing of Europe during the Middle Ages. The prize-winning author of Moorish Spain and The Search for El Cid, he teaches at the University of York and is a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society. specializing in medieval Spanish history. Spanning an entire millennium and a whole continent, his new work is dauntingly broad in scope, but his lucid presentation and lively and engaging style will carry even casual readers smoothly along. Recommended for both academic and public libraries.?James F. DeRoche, Alexandria, Va.
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Fletcher weaves a rich tapestry out of a complex array of materials. He carefully addresses a nonspecialist audience, largely abandoning explanation of the acceptance of Christianity in favor of description of it. Guided by 10 considerations concerning evangelism and conversion, communication and acceptance, he is sensitive to the various ways in which Europe was Christianized and Christianity Europeanized during the course of a thousand years and amid considerable cultural, geographic, and linguistic diversity. Because of his 10-point agenda and because he resists dissolving stories into a single master narrative, his rambling but not superficial description depicts a conversion process that amounted to the continuing invention of Europe, a process that was cultural, not isolatedly individual, and intimately connected with economic, social, and political developments that often involved, as Fletcher puts it, "looking both ways." The conversion Fletcher describes extended beyond the temporal and geographic limits he sets, of course, and his narrative provides essential background for understanding Christianity's shape and cultural impact today, at the end of its second millennium. Steve Schroeder --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.See all Editorial Reviews
This is a well written if very dense history of a fascinating time of change. Change for many different pagan groups, tribes and peoples across the varied regions of Europe as... Read morePublished 20 months ago by blooms
Very organized and informative
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Richard Fletcher has written a brilliant and comprehensive history of the expansion of Christianity in Europe following the collapse of the Roman Empire. Read morePublished on September 7, 2009 by doc peterson
This is a scholarly work from a fantastically informed writer. But it's very narrowly focused, very detailed, and very poorly signposted. Read morePublished on August 28, 2007 by Lynn A. Weber
If you want to know how Europe became Christian (to the extent that it did), I can hardly recommend this book too highly. Read morePublished on January 7, 2007 by David Marshall
A lot of this book confirms stuff I already suspected; that Christianity had inherited the Greek-Roman civilization and this was an important tool in converting Germanic and Slavic... Read morePublished on March 15, 2006 by Pen Name
This is easily one of the most entertaining, and readable, works on this topic I've encountered. Fletcher's style is witty, chatty, and accessible. Read morePublished on September 29, 2004 by Leigh Ann
This book is a compendium of dates, places, facts, and personages bearing on the penetration of Christianity into pagan Europe from Late Antiquity onwards. Read morePublished on April 11, 2004 by David E. Blair