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Historian Whalen (Univ. of North Carolina at Chapel Hill) provides an excellent study exploring how Latin Christians "invoked historical schemes, narratives, prophecies and apocalyptic scenarios to theorize the proper ordering of their world," an order that coalesced around the idea of "Christendom"--a union of orthodox Christians under the sole, though not always uncontested, leadership of the Roman papacy. Examining a wide range of chronicles, ecclesiastical records, apocalyptic treatises, sermons, theological tracts, and many other sources from the 11th-century papal reform movement down to the mid-14th-century crises of the spiritual Franciscan challenge and schism, Whalen provides a synoptic view of apocalypticism within the Western church in terms of the theme of uniting Jews, Greeks, and Muslims as one "flock" under one "shepherd"--the pope. Whalen demonstrates a clear, impressive mastery of both his sources and the historiography surrounding his subject. Suitable for general readers, upper-division undergraduates, graduate students, researchers, and faculty. Summing Up: Highly recommended. Most levels/libraries. D. A. Rivard Cottey College
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