Few periods of history are more maligned or misunderstood than the Middle Ages--an exciting period of enduring cultural achievement, division, and reform. In this engaging and easy-to-understand narrative, Catholic historian and crusades scholar Steve Weidenkopf explores the shifting centers of power, reform movements, and tensions both within the Church and between the Church and government. As he examines the challenges the Church faced in the eleventh through fourteenth centuries, Weidenkopf also reintroduces some of our greatest saints--including Francis, Dominic, Anselm, Thomas Aquinas, and Catherine of Siena--and separates fact from fiction about the era. The Church and the Middle Ages
is part of the Reclaiming Catholic History series.