Monks and Mystics: Chronicles of the Medieval Church (History Lives series)

by Mindy Withrow Author, Brandon Withrow Author

Let history come to life - just the way it should be. Read the stories of Gregory the Great, Boniface, Charlemagne, Constantine Methodius, Vladimir, Anselm of Canterbury, Bernard of Clairvaux, Francis of Assisi, Thomas Aquinas, Catherine of Sienna, John Wyclif and John Hus. From people of the Medieval church you can discover how the young Christian church moved on into another era of time. From Gregory I through to Wyclif and Hus you can discover about the crusades and the spread of Islam as well as the beginnings of universities and the Reformation. As the church moves on through the centuries you can see its people struggling against persecution and problems from inside and out. Learn from their mistakes and errors but more importantly learn from their amazing strengths and gifts. Marvel at God's wonderful care of his people - the church - the Christian church. Written in a modern and relaxed style this is a book that will introduce you to history without the tears and with all the wonder. Extra features throughout this book include looking deeper into issues such as Islam; Division; The crusades; the first university; Creeds and Councils and the Renaissance.


Additional Details

Resource Type
Print Status
In Print
Suggested Grades
4th - 12th
Geographical Setting
Europe, Asia Minor, Middle East (Medieval Church)
Historical Setting
550 - 1500


  • 1 What was the Medieval Church?
  • 2 Gregory the Great: An ape who became a lion
  • 3 How Did the Pope Get His Name?
  • 4 Boniface: The good news of Christ in foreign worlds
  • 5 Charlemagne: Crowned by God
  • 6 What is Islam?
  • 7 Constantine and Methodius: You sent us holy men
  • 8 Vladimir: If you know him, you too will rejoice
  • 9 A Divided Church: The Great Schism of 1054
  • 10 Anselm of Canterbury: May God so reign in your heart
  • 11 What were the Crusades?
  • 12 Bernard of Clairvaux: Did you lead us here to die?
  • 13 Francis: A knight in monk's clothing
  • 14 How the University was Born
  • 15 Thomas Aquinas: We call him the Dumb Ox
  • 16 Catherine of Sienna: Do that which you have promised
  • 17 John Wyclif: I will not die, but live to declare the works of the Lord
  • 18 Councils of the Medieval Church
  • 19 John Hus: This goose is not afraid of being cooked
  • 20 Other Medieval Christians

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