The Story of Civilization, Vol. IV: The Age of Faith by Will Durant

Picking up where the previous volume left off, Durant dedicates this volume to the Medieval world as focused through the lens of the Christian, Islamic, and Judaic worlds from 325-1300, or as he puts it, from Constantine to Dante. As with the previous volumes, this one is broken into five parts.  Part 1 deals with … Continue reading The Story of Civilization, Vol. IV: The Age of Faith by Will Durant

The Portable Medieval Reader edited by James Bruce Ross and Mary Martin McLaughlin

Think about the types of people who lived and chronicled throughout the whole of the Middle Ages.  Royalty, knights, clergy, artisans, merchants, scholars of all stripes.  Consider some of the names of the era: Peter Abelard, St. Thomas Aquinas, Dante Alighieri, Geoffrey Chaucer, William of Tyre, Roger Bacon, Anna Comnena, Pope Pius II, Thomas Becket, … Continue reading The Portable Medieval Reader edited by James Bruce Ross and Mary Martin McLaughlin

Complete Books of Enoch, New Translation by Dr. Ann Nyland

I've mentioned a few times that one of my many private research projects is the impossibly deep rabbit hole of Angelology.  I've been at this for nearly two decades now, though admittedly I put it away for briefly to let it... rest?  Breathe?  Marinate in my subconscious for a while?  Whatever you want to call it, it's … Continue reading Complete Books of Enoch, New Translation by Dr. Ann Nyland

The Rite of Exorcism: The Roman Ritual: Rules, Procedures, Prayers of the Catholic Church by Michael Freze, S.F.O.

Michael Freze, S.F.O. is a name amongst names when it comes to the study of demonology.  He's one of the more popular names in this esoteric field, having quite literally written the book on the subject.  That work is actually a 12-volume series, which stands in addition to the rest of his extensive bibliography.  For the curious, S.F.O. is short … Continue reading The Rite of Exorcism: The Roman Ritual: Rules, Procedures, Prayers of the Catholic Church by Michael Freze, S.F.O.

The Maid of Orleans: The Life & Mysticism of Joan of Arc by Sven Stolpe

This book is a reprint from 1956 that, among those with an interest in Joan, has attained an almost legendary status.  We live in an age where people are eager to dismiss the presumably supernatural out of hand and tear down heroes, giving zero credence to the idea of the "great person theory."  The idea … Continue reading The Maid of Orleans: The Life & Mysticism of Joan of Arc by Sven Stolpe