This course surveys the history of Christianity from the Fall of the Western Roman Empire (476) to the pre-reformation movements of the XV century. In the first part of the course, the focus will be on both the Christian Church in Western Europe and the Byzantine Church in the East, with particular attention to the interaction between these two Christian Traditions. After the final schism of 1054, which separated the Catholic Church from the Orthodox, the course will concentrate more on the Western tradition, but will continue to examine further developments in the Orthodox Church. The final part of the course will examine the political and religious issues which opened the way to the Reformation of the XVI century.
1) E. Ferguson, Church History, Volume One: From Christ to Pre-Reformation: The Rise and Growth of the Church in Its Cultural, Intellectual, and Political Context, Nashville: Zondervan, 2013. 2) T. F. X. Noble, J. M. H. Smith (eds.), Early Medieval Christianities, c.600 - c.1100, The Cambridge History of Christianity, vol. 3, Cambridge & New York: Cambridge University Press, 2008. 3) M. Rubin, W. Simon (eds.), Christianity in Western Europe, c.1100 - c.1500, The Cambridge History of Christianity, vol. 4, Cambridge & New York: Cambridge University Press, 2010. 4) M. Angold (ed.), Eastern Christianity, The Cambridge History of Christianity, vol. 5, Cambridge & New York: Cambridge University Press, 2006. 5) Filoramo, G., Menozzi, D., Storia del Cristianesimo, vol. 3, Bari: Laterza, 2002.