The history of medieval Christianity traces Christianity during the Middle Ages - the period after the Fall of Rome (c.476) until the Protestant Reformation (c.1517), considered the start of the modern era of Christianity.
Among the dioceses, five held special eminence: Rome, Constantinople, Jerusalem, Antioch, and Alexandria, generally referred to as the Pentarchy. The prestige of most of these sees depended in part on their apostolic founders, or in the case of Byzantium/Constantinople, that it was the new seat (New Rome) of the continuing Roman or Byzantine Empire. These bishops considered themselves the spiritual successors of those apostles. In addition, all five cities were Early centers of Christianity.
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“We are no longer Christians: we have outgrown Christianity not because we have been too remote from it but rather because we have been too closeit is precisely our more stringent and more fastidious piety that forbids us to remain Christians nowadays.”
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