Dave’s book list for researching Christendom

  • Dave’s book list for researching Christendom

    Posted by Ben Crist on July 29, 2023 at 9:33 am

    During one of our summer webinars, an attendee asked for a list that Dave would recommend as a starting point for more research of the period of Christendom.

    Per usual, Dave provides here a detailed list, acknowledging that there are always more books to read!

    Like all book lists, parents need to preview what they assign to their kids. Not all books are appropriate for students. The Twelve Caesars, for instance, documents a lot of the vices of the Roman empire.


    1. History of the Christian Church by Philip Schaff
    2. The Story of Civilization by Will Durant
    3. The Story of Art by E.H. Gombrich
    4. Christianity and Classical Culture by Charles North Cochrane
    5. The Twelve Caesars by Seutonius
    6. The Classical World by Robin Lane Fox
    7. The Early Church by Henry Chadwick
    8. The Spreading Flame by F.F. Bruce
    9. The Descent of the Dove by Charles Williams
    10. Ecclesiastical History by Eusebius
    11. Christianity in Asia by Samuel Moffet
    12. Defending Constantine by Peter Leithart
    13. Augustine of Hippo by Henry Chadwick
    14. Confessions by Augustine
    15. The Rise of Western Culture by Christopher Dawson
    16. The Formation of Christendom by Christopher Dawson
    17. The Making of Europe by Christopher Dawson
    18. The Growing Storm by G.S.M. Walker
    19. Byzantine Civilization by Steven Runciman
    20. Byzantium by Judith Herrin
    21. Byzantium by John Julius Norwich
    22. Sailing From Byzantium by Colin Wells
    23. In the Shadow of the Sword by Tom Holland
    24. The Celts by Gerhard Herm
    25. How the Irish Saved Civilization by Thomas Cahill
    26. Ecclesiastical History of the English Nation by Bede
    27. The Anglo-Saxon World, edited by Kevin Crossley-Holland
    28. Civilization of the Middle Ages by Norman Cantor
    29. The Beginnings of Western Science by David Lindberg
    30. The Genesis of Science by James Hannam
    31. The Medieval Worldview by William Cook and Ronald Herzman
    32. How to Read Medieval Art by Wendy Stein
    33. Mont-Saint-Michel and Chartres by Henry Adams
    34. The Discarded Image by C.S. Lewis
    35. Art and Beauty in the Middle Ages by Umberto Eco
    36. The Aesthetics of Thomas Aquinas by Umberto Eco
    37. History of Beauty, edited by Umberto Eco
    38. Old Village Life by P.H. Ditchfield
    39. Medieval People by Eileen Power
    40. The Medieval University by Helene Wieruszowski
    41. The Figure of Beatrice by Charles Williams
    42. Chivalry by Maurice Keen
    43. The Concise History of the Crusades by Thomas Madden
    44. The Crusades by Jonathan Riley-Smith
    45. The First Crusade by Steven Runciman
    46. The Fall of Constantinople by Steven Runciman
    47. Great Tales of English History by Robert Lacey
    48. History of the English-Speaking Peoples by Winston Churchill
    49. A Short History of England by G.K. Chesterton
    50. A Brief History of the Hundred Years War by Desmond Seward
    51. The Demon’s Brood by Desmond Seward
    52. Tales of a Grandfather by Sir Walter Scott
    53. Robert the Bruce by Ronald McNair Scott
    54. The History of the Renaissance World by Susan Wise Bauer
    55. The Renaissance by Paul Johnson
    56. Lives of the Artists by Vasari
    57. The Prince by Machiavelli
    58. The Age of Chaucer by Arthur Quiller-Couch
    59. The Morning Star by G.H.W Parker
    60. The Great Light by James Atkinson
    61. Christianity’s Dangerous Idea by Alistar McGrath
    62. Light in the North by J.D. Douglas
    63. Shakespeare’s Workmanship by Arthur Quiller-Couch
    Mercedes replied 1 month, 3 weeks ago 2 Members · 1 Reply
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  • Mercedes

    July 29, 2023 at 10:23 am

    Excellent list! Would it be wise to pick a couple for Summer reading before starting the course?

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