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The Roman Catholic Church: An Illustrated History Hardcover – April 2, 2007

ISBN-13: 978-0520252516 ISBN-10: 0520252519 Edition: 1st

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 192 pages
  • Publisher: University of California Press; 1 edition (April 2, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0520252519
  • ISBN-13: 978-0520252516
  • Product Dimensions: 10.3 x 8.2 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #672,390 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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, his most recent books include The Victorian Christian Socialists, Secularisation, and The House of God: Church Architecture, Style and History.

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64 of 66 people found the following review helpful By Gerard Casey on March 1, 2007
Format: Hardcover
I came upon Edward Norman's book quite by accident. I started to read it with some trepidation, expecting a set of variations on the usual misrepresentation that passes, in the Anglophone world, for a history of the Catholic Church. What a surprise, what a pleasure, to read a work at once scholarly (and brief)yet written in a very accessible style. Though the author does not concern himself primarily with theological matters, when he does touch upon these, he manages to discuss complex issues in a concise yet clear manner. On purely historical matters, he is not afraid to challenge current cultural orthodoxies. Example: "There are periodic demands...that apologies should be made by Christian bodies for the Crusades. Perhaps, however, a balance of remorse might be achieved if the Islamic bodies were, in turn, asked to apologize for their own invasions of the Byzantine provinces and the Holy Land some three-and-a-half centuries before. Then peaceful Christian populations were overrun amid scences of considerable violence, which had never been forgotten....Wisdom, however, would suggest allowing the past its own integrity; the point is that the Crusades today are evaluated in a context, and with a passion, which has departed from academic detachment." (pp. 56-57)

There is much more to stimulate the mind of the reader but limitations of space do not permit me to go into detail. A carefully written yet intellectually challenging book, beautifully produced.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By J. Torres on March 29, 2011
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I bought this book for a college book report and it was excellent. The book looks long but in reality many of the pictures take up much of the space. The pictures themselves are amazing and strictly correspond with the topic the author is in. The author, a college professor, simply gives you a summary about what Christianity is and in the rest of the chapters he talks about the history of the Church itself over time(all of the history). Interesting book and WILL give you some information about what Roman Catholicism is. Recommended for research over the Church.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By J. Michael on December 5, 2012
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As I noted in one of my previous reviews of this genre of book Saints and Sinners: A History of the Popes; Third Edition (Yale Nota Bene) they usually follow a prescribed pattern of heterodoxy amidst all the pretty pictures: e.g. the Papacy arose in the 400s, the medieval Popes were pretty awful, the Renaissance Popes were awful too but they had style, the 19th and early 20th century Popes were reactionaries, there was a ray of sunshine with John XXIII and Paul VI and the glorious Vatican II, but now the Church is under the thumb of the mean old White men again, who won't allow us to fornicate, contracept, abort, marry our own gender, have womyn priests, etc. I can happily report that this book, written with erudite insights but in easily comprehensible style by the estimable Catholic convert Dr. Edward Norman, is perfectly orthodox and faithful to the Magisterium and is still replete with beautiful images.

One thing that puzzles me. I was quite certain that Dr. Norman was a Catholic at the time of this book's publication in 2007. After all, he had announced he intent to convert in 2004. However, I have just read that he was only received into the Church in October of 2012. If anyone knows the reason for the delay, I'd love to know.
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By Virginia Hedgepeth on January 29, 2014
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This book has been a pleasant surprise. Intelligently written and informative. The pictures are beautiful and printed on quality paper.
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