1) The Rise of Western Christendom: Triumph

1) The Rise of Western Christendom: Triumph and Diversity, A.D. 200-1000 – Peter Brown
Wiley-Blackwell | 2013 | PDF

This tenth anniversary revised edition of the authoritative text on Christianity’s first thousand years of history features a new preface, additional color images, and an updated bibliography.The essential general survey of medieval European Christendom, Brown’s vivid prose charts the compelling and tumultuous rise of an institution that came to wield enormous religious and secular power.

• Clear and vivid history of Christianity’s rise and its pivotal role in the making of Europe
• Written by the celebrated Princeton scholar who originated of the field of study known as ‘late antiquity’
• Includes a fully updated bibliography and index

2) The Birth of Europe: 400 – 1500 – Jacques Le Goff
Wiley-Blackwell | 2006 | PDF

In this ground-breaking new study, Jacques Le Goff, arguably the leading medievalist of his generation, presents his view of the primacy of the Middle Ages in the development of European history.

• “[A] superb and necessary book. This provocative assessment from a lifetime of scholarship might help us to place ourselves, not just territorially, but in that other precious element of history: time.” The Guardian
• “A book that never fails to be informative, readable and provocative. Le Goff… has been the bravest and best of championsfor medieval history. This book… is in every sense aninspiration.” BBC History Magazine
• Praised by prominent figures in Europe and history including:Rt Hon Christopher Patten, CH, Former Member of the EuropeanCommission, and Neil Kinnock, Vice-President, EuropeanCommission.