This course studies the history of the Church from 500 to ca. 1500. It addresses theological literature, popular religion, doctrinal developments, the role of the papacy, and the interaction between Christianity and culture. Selected primary works are studied along with significant modern scholarly commentary. Particular attention is paid to current revisions of distorted interpretations of the nature of the early church, the crusades, the inquisition, and the so-called “dark ages” and “middle ages”.