I’m presently reading this book, The Mysterious Stranger, by Mark Twain. It is extremely anti-Catholic, and portrays the Catholic Church at the time as extremely superstitious and as repressive. Twain portrays the Catholic Church as essentially a slave master keeping the lay people in the dark.
I already possess a few books on the Middle Ages. However, these are more popular than academic works; and as such, they appeal to the modern stereotypes that portray the Middle Ages as a time of ignorance and repression by the Catholic Church. Does anyone know of any good works that discuss the Church’s role in the Middle Ages more according to the context of the times? I’m not necessarily looking for a book that completely justifies everything that happened in the Middle Ages; I’m really looking for a book that looks at the Middle Ages in objective context according to the times. Thanks! :yup: