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This close friend of the scholar Jerome, known for her scholarship and her extreme piety and generosity, was one of the most noteworthy people—women or men—in all the 4th-century church.
Though practically unknown to most Westerners, the history of Orthodox spirituality among the Eastern Slavs of Ukraine and Russia is a deep treasure chest of spiritual exploration and discovery.
Christian Asceticism from the Early Church Through the Reformation
The Life and Thought of Bernard of CIairvaux
This Latin translation stood as the preeminent Bible text for centuries—and set the standard for future translators.
How did convents arise? Why did so many medieval women enter them?
Why did mysticism flower in the medieval world—and why did women often lead in it?
Junipero Serra launched a remarkable enterprise on Spain's final frontier
Stories that reveal Francis's intense, complex personality.
Little-known or remarkable facts about Francis of Assisi
The two most widespread medieval heresies
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October 21, 1555: Finding that the recent martyrdom of bishops Nicholas Ridley and Hugh Latimer had intensified Protestant zeal, Queen Mary launches a series of fierce persecutions in which more than 200 men, women, and children were killed (see issue 48: Thomas Cranmer).

October 21, 1663: Virginia colonist John Harlow is fined 50 pounds of tobacco for missing church.

October 21, 1692: William Penn is deposed as governor of Pennsylvania. His grateful overtures to James II for permitting religious ...

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