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Carpenters and Kings: Western Christianity and the Idea of India

Siddhartha Sarma (Author)

Jordanus Catalani, the first bishop of the Church of Rome in India, introduced the northern part of the subcontinent to his readers in 14th century Europe in this manner. Two hundred years before the coming of Vasco da Gama, Western Christianity-which comprises the Catholic Church, the Anglican Communion and Protestant denominations today-had already arrived in India, finding among its diverse people and faiths the Church of the East already at home since the beginning of Christianity. This is an account of how global events, including the Crusades and the Mongol conquests, came together to bring Western Christianity to India.

A gripping narrative of two diagonally opposite impulses in Christianity: of humble scholars trying to live the Christian ideal, and of ambitious ecclesiastical empire-builders with more earthly goals.

Carpenters and Kings is a tale of Christianity, and equally, a glimpse of the India which has always existed: a multicultural land where every faith has found a home through the centuries.

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About the author

Siddhartha Sarma

Siddhartha Sarma is a journalist based in Delhi, and an author. His debut novel The Grasshopper’s Run, and a non-fiction book, 103 Journeys, Travels, Trips and Stuff, were shortlisted for the 2009 Crossword Children’s Book Award. The first won it. He is also an occasional budget-traveller, and is known for exaggerating his experiences and drinking much tea on the road.

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Title Carpenters and Kings: Western Christianity and the Idea of India
Format Hardcover
Date published: 04.04.2019
Edition 1st. ed.
Language: English
isbn 9780670091546
length 336p.