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13 January 2009


IN MEDIEVAL TIMES, The Milit­ary Orders were extremely rich and powerful. Victor Mallia-Milanes has edited a collection of 30 essays, which originated as papers at the third international conference on military orders, held in London in September 2000. Orders discussed are the Hospitallers, the Templars, the Teutonic Order, and the Order of Sword Brothers (Ashgate, £60 (£54); 978-0-7546-6290-7).

Kate Cooper and Jeremy Gregory have edited a book that explores Revival and Resurgence in Chris­tian History. Essays cover a range of revivals, including St Fran­cis of Assisi, the Reformation period, the visual-arts revival in the C of E, and the late-20th-century Caribbean re­surgence in the Seventh-Day Ad­vent­­ist Church (The Boydell Press, £45 (£40.50); 978-0-95468-094-7).

Martin Wood, a descendant of Thomas More, tells the story of other members of More’s family, many of whom also suffered for their faith. His story ends in 1829 with the Emancipation Act: The Family and Descendants of St Thomas More (Grace­wing, £17.99 (£16.20); 978-0-85244-681-2).

Piotr Ashwin-Siejkowski explores the theme of Christian perfection as understood by Clement of Alex­andria. He looks at Clement’s life and background, and the influ­ences on his thinking (T. & T. Clark, £65 (£58.50); 978-0-567-03287-4).

Chris Cook’s The Routledge Companion to Christian History is a reference book for those who want a simple guide. It has three sections. The first gives outlines for the chronologies of key periods and issues; the second is a glossary of terms; and the third a compilation of lists, statistics, and tables covering a mix of topics from the earliest popes to church membership in the modern era (Routledge, £16.99 (£15.30); 978-0-415-38363-9).

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