by David Bershad, Carolina Magone, Irving Hexham (Editor), Carolina Mangone
Seeing the need to fill a niche in the travel guide genre, general editor Hexham (religious studies, Univ. of Calgary) has created a series of guides designed to appeal to Christians. These guides do not lead tourists to the most popular bars or shopping districts but instead to the various Christian heritage sites in each country. Hexham’s vast knowledge of history and religion makes these well-researched books a treasure trove of historical information. Each guide begins with an overview of the history of the country from prehistoric times to the present, followed by a chapter on literature, art, and architecture and a list of the author’s top ten Christian heritage sites in each country. Each entry thereafter is in alphabetical order by place name and includes some background information, specific sites to visit, and biographies of significant people associated with the site. In Italy, visit the ancient Roman ruins and learn their part in the history of Christianity, then visit the Vatican City, the seat of the Catholic Church.