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HISTORY OF LATIN CHRISTIANITY Including that of the Popes to the Pontificate of Nicolas V (1857) by Henry Hart Milman (6 Volumes)

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HISTORY OF LATIN CHRISTIANITY Including that of the Popes to the Pontificate of Nicolas V (1857) by Henry Hart Milman (6 Volumes)

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MILMAN, Henry Hart.

History of Latin Christianity; Including that of the Popes to the Pontificate of Nicolas V (Six Volumes)

London: John Murray, 1857. Second Edition. Complete in 6 Volumes. Hardcover. Octavo. Bound in full polished calf with double-gilt border to front and back panels. Spines with 6 compartments, tooled in gilt. All edges marbled. Marbled endpapers. xvii + 491, xii + 517, xi + 503, xi + 496, xii + 535, x + 499pp.

Some light rubbing to leather at spines. Very light foxing to some preliminary pages only, top edges a little dusty. No loose or missing pages, pages are bright and clean, no marks except for former owner’s short inscription to volume one, dated 1862. Bindings are strong and secure. An attractive set in very good condition.

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This is Milman’s epic work on Latin Christianity concentrating on the history of the Popes (the good, the bad, and the ugly) up to Nicolas V. Though it was considered to be a continuation of Milman’s previous work, History of Christianity to the Abolition of Paganism in the Roman Empire, instead it treats of Latin Christianity as a totally separate subject. The idea of Latin Christianity can be understood to mean Christianity as it was modified and developed under the influence of Latin traditions, Latin prejudices, and Latin peculiarities of race and country. In Milman’s view, Christianity, as it existed throughout the period of his earlier work, had its origin among the Syrian people, and although it’s first disseminators were of Eastern blood, it was nevertheless, mainly a Greek Religion. His argument in evidence of the Greek origin of the Christianity of primitive Rome, and of the Greek character of the Roman Church during the first centuries, has an important bearing upon the whole theory of his history. Milman’s object is to establish, through this medium, a substantial distinction between the Christian system of Rome under its earliest bishops, and the system which begins to manifest itself under the purely Roman influences of the third century. The rapid advance of Papal authority and the spiritual supremacy of Rome seems to represent the dividing line in Milman’s two views of Christianity. Whether one agrees or disagrees with Milman’s theories, this set of volumes is one of the finest works written about the Popes and about Christianity up until Nicolas V. There is a tremendous amount of information included within these pages. Of special interest to many will be the extensive coverage of the Knights Templar, and the views and actions of Rome towards them. 

Henry Hart Milman (1791 - 1868) was an English historian and ecclesiastic. In 1929, he published his History of the Jews, which is memorable as the first by an English clergyman which treated the Jews as an Oriental tribe, recognized sheikhs and amirs in the Old Testament, sifted and classified documentary evidence, and evaded or minimized the miraculous. In consequence, the author was attacked and his preferment was delayed. His History of Christianity to the Abolition of Paganism in the Roman Empire (1840) had been completely ignored; but the continuation of his major work, the History of Latin Christianity (1855), which has passed through many editions, was well received. In 1838 he had edited Edward Gibbon’s Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire, and in the following year published his Life of Gibbon.