Jan Amos Comenius was acquainted with scholars, kings, churchmen, businessmen, ordinary and extraordinary men who profoundly influenced his life as he also influenced theirs.
About 200 A.D., under the reign of Roman emperor Septimius Severus, persecution broke out against the Christians. It was particularly severe in North Africa. In Carthage, a Christian woman of noble birth, Perpetua, was arrested. She was about 22 years old and was nursing an infant son. In what may be the earliest extant Christian document from a woman's pen, she wrote her own story. The account of her death was, of course, added later.
The famous emperor ended the persecution of Christians. But was he a true believer, or merely a superstitious political opportunist?
The chi-rho symbol he adopted is now displayed in churches throughout the world.
She lived only 33 years, but her vibrant faith and writings were so influential she has been declared a Doctor of the Church.
Spiritual vitality—and tensions—within a twelfth-century priory.
Meet the first known dramatist of Christianity, the most famous female exegete of the nature of the Trinity, and the author of the earliest known autobiography in English.
The courageous and controversial teenager who saved her country
Why did mysticism flower in the medieval world—and why did women often lead in it?
Brief selections from four key books
Historical documents describing Christians at worship
As the crusaders assaulted Jerusalem, the holy and savage joined hands.