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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.
Constantine's mother, Helena, traveled to Palestine, touring biblical sites and, with her imperial wealth, establishing churches and shrines. Thereafter, it was quite fashionable for Christians to visit the Holy Land. Late in the 4th century, a nun named Egeria made the trek from western Europe and kept a diary of her travels. Not far from Tarsus, she visited the shrine of Thecla, then considered a historical figure.
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.
Through sacrifice, mercy, and charity, women down through church history may have given us our greatest examples of love demonstrated and proven through selfless giving and service to others.
Christian Asceticism from the Early Church Through the Reformation
The Life and Thought of Bernard of CIairvaux
From Love of Self To Love of God To Love of Self for God
Saint Bernard and Holy Scripture
A Brief Overview of Medieval Monasticism
Cistercians around the world continue to live the monastic life of which Bernard of Clairvaux was the propagator and theologian.
His flexible, compassionate guidelines for Christian community forever shaped monastic life—and influenced Western society.
A brief listing of significant dates that also earn a place in the "Christian History 100"
She lived only 33 years, but her vibrant faith and writings were so influential she has been declared a Doctor of the Church.
In the High Middle Ages, Christian women found many ways to live a holy life.
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December 12, 1189: King Richard I "the Lion Hearted" leaves England on the Third Crusade to retake Jerusalem, which had fallen to Muslim general Saladin in 1187 (see issue 40: The Crusades).

December 12, 1582: Spanish General Fernando Alvarez de Toledo (also known as the Duke of Alva) dies. The duke had been sent, along with 10,000 troops, by King Philip II of Spain to quell the Reformation in Holland. The duke's "Council of Blood" was responsible for some 18,000 deaths.

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