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1054 and All That: A Lighthearted History of the Catholic Church - Karl Keating
From the first to the twenty-first century, here's all the Catholic history anyone can (or needs to) remember, with loads of laughs along the way.
Saints and sinners, popes and princes, councils and conundrums: it's all here, in a way to lighten your heart, broaden your smile, and expand your knowledge.
It's real history, served up with unexpected extrapolations, curious confusions, and illustrious illustrations. (And look out for the footnotes!)
Your host is Karl Keating, author of more than twenty books, including top works of Catholic apologetics. He takes you on a whirlwind tour of the history of the Catholic Church, from its founding by its Founder up to our own era. He delights you with short accounts of long events, with explanations of the inexplicable, and with snapshots of the famous and the infamous.
It's all presented so winningly that this book is suitable for readers of all ages and all persuasions. You don't have to be Catholic to enjoy it, though (fair warning!) you might end up Catholic by the time you finish it.
I have to admit it: 1054 and All That isn't for everyone. I mean it isn't for readers who don't have a sense of humor. (Yes, there are a few such people, sad to say.) This book is for those who want to read real Catholic history presented with wit and whimsey and who aren't embarrassed to laugh out loud.
1054 and All That is for those who studied Church history in the past--and for those who never did. I say it contains all the Catholic history anyone needs to know, but I won't claim that it's the most comprehensive history of the Church (not remotely!).
What I will claim is this: 1054 and All That is the most enjoyable history book you ever will read.
"1054 and All That deserves a place on the shelf alongside the great Catholic raillery of figures like Belloc and Chesterton." --Robert Royal, author of A Deeper Vision
"Rarely has the Catholic Church's past been rendered with such wry readability." --Carl E. Olson, editor of Catholic World Report
"Karl Keating has done the impossible: he has made history fun." --Gary Michuta, author of Revolt Against Reality
"Get it and read it before the Thought Police outlaw the remnants of permissible humor and history." --Peter Kreeft, author of Ha!: A Christian Philosophy of Humor
"Buckle up! Keating's time machine will take you on a fast and funny ride through Church history, replete with heretics, heroes, and not a few hotheads." --Rose Sweet, author of A Catholic Woman's Guide to Happiness
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