The Church was the central institution of the European Middle Ages, and the foundation of medieval life. Professor Lynch's admirable survey (concentrating on the western church, and emphasising ideas and trends over personalities) meets a long-felt need for a single-volume comprehensive history, designed for students and non-specialists.
No new information or exotic theories, but a brief summary of the accepted views of the church from the decline of the Roman Empire to the 15th century. Reviews the internal workings of the hierarchy, schools, and monastic orders; the relations with the secular powers; and the interaction with ordinary people. Includes a glossary. Acidic paper. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)