A History of the Church to A.D. 461, in 3 vols. B.J. Kidd. Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1922.
New for 2016 we are releasing an authorative history of the early years of the Christian Church up to A.D 461.
One reason why we launched the D.H. Ruffle Memorial Library on-line over 4 years ago was because too many individuals and organisations are making money on important theological works that are in the public domain and therefore should be freely available. That is why all our works here are downloadable free of charge – without even any need to register. It saddens me therefore to find it has so far been impossible to locate a free version of B.J. Kidd’s seminal work, ‘Documents Illustrative of the History of the Church’.
However, we have been able to access and make available to you around the world, free downloadable PDFs of Kidd’s other great work, ‘A History of the Church to A.D. 461′. Every student of Church history will want to download the facsimile copies of these three volumes added to our D.H. Ruffle Memorial Library for 2016.
We’ve got it and wanted to share it right away! ‘Documents Illustrative of the History of the Church’. These three volumes draw heavily on ancient source documents (many of them not read in English before) including the writings of the first Church historian,. Eusebius.
Beresford James Kidd (1 January 1864 – 15 May 1948) was an Anglican priest and Church historian, who was Warden of Keble College, Oxford, from 1920 to 1939. He is best known for his History of the Church to A.D. 461, 3 vols., which with its very full references aimed at “putting students into direct contact with the sources and enabling them to use the originals for themselves” (Wiki)