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Monks and Mystics

post written by Emma Filbrun

Monks and Mystics, by Mindy and Brandon WithrowTitle: Monks and Mystics
Author: Mindy and Brandon Withrow
Series: History Lives series. Volume 2: Chronicles of the Medieval Church
Major Themes: Church History, Middle Ages
Synopsis: Twelve fascinating stories of famous people in the Christian church from approximately 550-1500 AD.

Like the first volume in this series, Peril and Peace, we found Monks and Mystics to be absolutely fascinating. Mindy and Brandon Withrow have done a superb job of bringing the medieval church to life through stories of famous people from various times. Some are heroes; some (in my opinion) are villains. All are real people who really lived. Also included are short chapters between the longer stories of the people, about various topics such as how the pope came to be called that, what Islam is, or the Crusades. All in all, this is a good supplement to any study of the Middle Ages, and I’m glad to have found it to read to my boys!

WARNING: A few stories are somewhat graphic about persecution.

Age Levels:

Read Aloud—Ages 10 – 13
Reading Independently—Ages 12 – 15


Links to buy Monks and Mystics:


Paperback | Kindle


Keywords: Anselm of Canterbury, Bernard of Clairvaux, Boniface, Catherine of Sienna, Charlemagne, Crusades, Europe, Francis of Assisi, Gregory the Great, Islam, John Hus, John Wycliffe, Thomas Aquinas, Vladimir

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