Christians and Pagans: The Conversion of Britain from Alban to Bede (Hardcover)
Christians and Pagans offers a comprehensive and highly readable account of the coming of Christianity to Britain, its coexistence or conflict with paganism, and its impact on the lives of both indigenous islanders and invading Anglo-Saxons.
The Christianity of Roman Britain, so often treated in isolation, is here deftly integrated with the history of the British churches of the Celtic world, and with the histories of Ireland, Iona, and Pictland. Combining chronicle and literary evidence with the fruits of the latest archaeological research, Malcolm Lambert illuminates how the conversion process changed the hearts and minds of early Britain.
“A captivating narrative . . . an important contribution . . . thoughtful, enjoyable, and valuable.”—A. M. Juster, First Things
— A. M. Juster
“Fascinating . . . Lambert’s account has numerous strengths [including] his treatment of the “lost church” . . . and insightful treatment of major figures.”—Alan Kreider, International Bulletin of Missionary Research
— Alan Kreider
“The complex story of the Christianization of Britain . . . can be told well only by someone with Lambert’s erudition. [A] useful and fascinating work.”—Lawrence S. Cunningham, Commonweal
— Lawrence S. Cunningham