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A History of the Church from the Earliest Ages to the Reformation (3 vols.)

by Waddington, George

Baldwin and Cradock 1835

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A History of the Church from the Earliest Ages to the Reformation (3 vols.)
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Overview

George Waddington’s A History of the Church from Earliest Ages to the Reformation synthesizes fifteen centuries of church history into 3 volumes. Instead of following the chronological history of the church century by century, this classic church history is instead divided up according to connected themes and events. This enables an easier understanding of complex events and the consequences that cascade through hundreds of years, from the apostles in the first century to the beginnings of the Reformation in the fifteenth century.

Throughout his monumental work, Waddington seeks to exonerate the Christian faith in the face of the historical crimes committed by the church. He hopes that readers will “learn to distinguish the substance of Christianity from its corruptions—to perceive that the religion is not contaminated by the errors or crimes of its professors and ministers, and that all the evils, which have ever been inflicted upon the world in the name of Christ, have invariably proceeded from its abuse.”

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Key Features

  • Contains a classic history of the first 15 centuries of Christendom
  • Focuses on exonerating Christianity in the face of travesties committed by the church
  • Analyzes themes in Church history across the centuries

Individual Titles

A History of the Church from the Earliest Ages to the Reformation, vol. 1

  • Author: George Waddington
  • Edition: 2nd, revised
  • Publisher: Baldwin and Cradock
  • Publication Date: 1835
  • Pages: 488

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This first volume of A History of the Church from the Earliest Ages to the Reformation covers the time of the apostles to Charlemagne and the roots of the East-West schism.

Contents:
  • Preface to the Second Edition
  • Introduction
  • Chapter I: The Propagation of Christianity
  • Chapter II: On the Numbers, Discipline, Doctrine, and Morality of the Primitive Church
  • Chapter III: The Progress of Christianity from the Year 200 AD until the Accession of Constantine
  • Chapter IV: Persecutions of Several Roman Emperors
  • Chapter V: On the Heresies of the First Three Centuries
  • Chapter VI: Constantine the Great
  • Chapter VII: The Arian Controversy
  • Chapter VIII: The Decline and Fall of Paganism
  • Chapter IX: From the Fall of Paganism to the Death of Justinian
  • Chapter X: From the Death of Justinian to that of Charlemagne
  • Chapter XI: On the Dissensions of the Church from the Age of Constantine to that of Charlemagne
  • Chapter XII: On the Schism between the Greek and Latin Churches
  • Chapter XIII: Various Topics

A History of the Church from the Earliest Ages to the Reformation, vol. 2

  • Author: George Waddington
  • Edition: 2nd, revised
  • Publisher: Baldwin and Cradock
  • Publication Date: 1835
  • Pages: 450

Sample Pages: 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6 | 7

This second volume of A History of the Church from the Earliest Ages to the Reformation covers the church in the ninth century through the crusades.

Contents:
  • Chapter XIV: On the Government, Character, and Projects of the Church during the Ninth and Tenth Centuries
  • Chapter XV: On the Opinions, Literature, Discipline, and External Fortunes of the Church
  • Chapter XVI: The Life of Gregory VII
  • Chapter XVII: From Gregory VII to Innocent III
  • Chapter XVIII: The Pontificate of Innocent III
  • Chapter XIX: The History of Monachism
  • Chapter XX: History of the Popes from the Death of Innocent III to that of Boniface VIII
  • Chapter XXI: Various Topics

A History of the Church from the Earliest Ages to the Reformation, vol. 3

  • Author: George Waddington
  • Edition: 2nd, revised
  • Publisher: Baldwin and Cradock
  • Publication Date: 1835
  • Pages: 488

This third volume of A History of the Church from the Earliest Ages to the Reformation covers from the time of the Avignon papacy to the beginnings of the Reformation.

Contents:
  • Chapter XXII: Residence at Avignon
  • Chapter XXIII: The Grand Schism of the Roman Catholic Church
  • Chapter XXIV: Attempts of the Church at Self-Reformation
  • Chapter XXV: History of the Hussites
  • Chapter XXVI: History of the Greek Church after Its Separation from the Latin
  • Chapter XXVII: From the Council of Basle to the Beginning of the Reformation
  • Chapter XXVIII: Preliminaries of the Reformation

Product Details

  • Title: A History of the Church from the Earliest Ages to the Reformation
  • Author: George Waddington
  • Edition: 2nd, revised
  • Publisher: Baldwin and Cradock
  • Volumes: 3
  • Pages: 1,400

About George Waddington

George Waddington (1793–1869) was an English clergyman and church historian. He was educated at Charterhouse School from 1808 to 1811 and went on to have a distinguished career at Trinity College, Cambridge where he received his BA, MA, and DD. He was ordained in the English church in 1826. He served in various posts for several years and was made dean of Durham in 1840. He died and was buried in Durham in 1869. He is best known for his two monumental church histories: A History of the Church from the Earliest Ages to the Reformation and A History of the Reformation on the Continent.