Philip Schaff's History of the Christian Church excels at providing an impressive and instructive historical treatment of the Christian church. This is Volume Four covering the Medieval Era. Schaff's treatment is comprehensive and in depth, discussing all the major and minor figures, time periods, and movements of the Church. Simply put, Schaff's prose is lively and engaging.Quite often, these works can be grueling and drudgery, yet this effort have been able to make it “history written with heart and soul.” Countless people have found “History of the Christian Church.” quite reliable and helps to mitigate the fuzzy logic of some others or the overly scholarly work, which requires one to sift through the tedium of the volume’s effort. Whether for serious scholarship, sermon preparation, daily devotions, or simply edifying reading, this work will remain a staple for generations to come, and shall remain highly recommended.