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Two thousand years : the second millennium ; from medieval Christendom to global Christianity
Partner, Peter.
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Publication Information:
London : Granada Media, 1999.
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192 pages : illustrations (some color) ; 27 cm
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TV tie-in.
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BR145.2 P37 1999 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks

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Issued to accompany the TV series, 2000 Years , this study charts the progress of the Christian world and the development of western culture. It considers the religious, social, political, and cultural implications of each century.

Author Notes

Peter Partner was born in Little Heath, England on July 15, 1924. He went to Magdalen College, Oxford, to read law, but quickly switched to history. He worked as a journalist for the Observer in Rome and the Middle East. He started teaching history at the private school Winchester College in 1955 and stayed there for 30 years. He was a historian of medieval and Renaissance Rome as well as the Middle East. He wrote numerous books during his lifetime including A Short Political Guide to the Arab World, The Lands of St. Peter, Renaissance Rome 1500-1559, The Pope's Men, and God of Battles. He died on January 17, 2015 at the age of 90.

(Bowker Author Biography)

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Library Journal Review

This two-volume set, a companion to a major British television series produced by the BBC, documents the enormous influence Christianity has had for the last 2000 years. The first volume begins with the rise of Christianity as a small sect of Judaism in the first century and its expansion beyond the boundaries of the Roman Empire. The narrative continues with the loss of possessions in the Holy Land to Islam and concludes with the reconquest of Christian lands during the first crusade in the 11th century. Volume 2 presents Christianity's second millennium, from the flowering of the Middle Ages as seen in the grand cathedrals of Western Europe to the turbulent years of the Reformation unto the present day. Concerns of the 21st century, such as geographical changes in Christian populations in Third World countries and the ordination of women, make up the final chapter. Partner (The Lands of St. Peter: The Papal State in the Middle Ages) is a prominent historian and journalist who has frequently broadcast for the BBC. A pleasure to read, these lavishly illustrated books make a fitting tribute to the millennium and are a welcome addition to any library collection. For another good title on the same subject, see David L. Edwards's Christianity: The First Two Thousand Years (Orbis, 1998). Highly recommended.DMichael W. Ellis, Ellenville P.L., NY (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.