How to Use This Work.
The Structure of the Work.
Part I: The Patristic Period c.100-600:.
Clement of Rome.
The Martyrdom of Polycarp.
Irenaeus of Lyons (c.130-c.200).
Quintus Septimius Florens Tertullian (c.160-c.225).
Eusebius of Caesarea (c.260-340).
Athanasius of Alexandria (c.296-373).
Ephramium the Syrian (303-73).
Cyril of Jerusalem (c. 315-87).
Gregory of Nyssa (c.330-c.395).
The Peregrinnation of Egeria (c.384).
Augustine of Hippo (354-430).
Part II: English and Irish Sources c.600-1050:.
Caedmon's Hymn (c.670).
The Deer's Cry (c.700).
The Dream of the Rood.
The Junius Code.
The Exeter Book Riddles.
The Blicking Homilist.
Part III: The Middle Ages, 1050-1500: .
Anselm of Canterbury.
Ancrene Wisse: Guide for an Anchoress.
Hugh of Balma.
The Cloud of Unknowing.
Julian of Norwich.
The York Mystery Plays.
Thomas à Kempis.
Part IV: Renaissance and Reformation, 1500-1700:.
Erasmus of Rotterdam.
The King James Version of the Bible.
Sir Walter Raleigh.
Sir Thomas Browne.
The Book of Common Prayer.
Part V: The Modern Period 1700-2000:.
Samuel Taylor Coleridge.
Ralph Waldo Emerson.
Fyodor Mikhailivich Dostoevsky.
Gerald Manley Hopkins.
Gilbert Keith Chesterton.
T. S. Eliot.
Dorothy L. Sayers.
C. S. Lewis.
Martin Luther King.
A Glossary of Terms.
Sources of Extracts.
For Further Reading.
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