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In this fascinating survey, Donald Logan introduces the reader to the Christian church, from the conversion of the Celtic and Germanic peoples to the discovery of the New World. He reveals how the church unified the people of Western Europe as they worshipped with the same ceremonies and used Latin as the language of civilised communication. From the remote, rural parish church, where simple peasants came to pray, to the magnificent urban cathedrals, where choirs chanted the psalms, A History of the Church in the Middle Agesexplores the role of the church as a central element in determining a thousand years of history. This new edition brings the book right up to date with recent scholarship, and includes an expanded introduction, which considers other faiths, particularly Judaism and Islam, and their interaction with the Christian church. The book also includes extra material on Islam, and on popular piety, as well as a revised selection of maps and illustrations. The second edition will also be supported by a companion website, which will include questions and other supporting materials for students and lecturers.