Letters to the Editor
AOL: Very interesting! As a student of medieval history, I think you did a very credible job with a very touchy subject. I'll bet you get a lot of letters about your "revisionist" history; the Reformation myths about medieval Europe are some of the most enduring and stubbornly held historical errors. Keep up the good work!
AOL: In "From the Editor," you allege that the High Middle Ages— "from roughly A.D. 1000 to
1500'— was "a time in history when Christianity was one." For roughly 54 years only [before the Great Schism of 1054] was Christianity one, and that in the midst of longstanding differences between Western and Eastern Christians. Furthermore, according to most historical timelines with which I am familiar, the High Middle Ages lasted from roughly 1000 to 1350. Even the Western Church was divided for a period after 1378 [by the Great Papal Schism].
Quinn: I'm afraid you caught me committing hyperbole—though I think the exaggeration was justified. Even during major schisms, all parties shared unified religious conventions and a common worldview —hardly true before or since. And though most historians say the "High" Middle Ages ends around 1350, recent studies convince me there wasn't significant decline afterward—thus my willingness to stretch high—mg
LETTER; I have enjoyed Christian History for many years and appreciate the much-needed insight regarding our wonderful Christian heritage. Yet, as I read "Everyday Faith, I was very disappointed. Where previous issues appeared to expose and even criticize the heresies of the Roman Catholic Church, this issue not only lacked such conviction but seemed to condone or, even worse, agree with blatant ...