Paul Collins, Catholic writer

Paul Collins: writer, historian, environmentalist, broadcaster ... and Catholic

Praise for The Birth of the West:

The Birth of the West is a re-making of what we think we know about the end of the ‘Dark Ages.’ ... The Birth of the West is thus the tale of our birth, and Collins tells it with a narrative grace and elegance which will make readers cherish it.

Thomas Keneally

A lively, full-to-bursting history of the turbulent 10th century in Europe, when inner dissention and external marauding began to give way to cohesion and centrality... Who knew the 10th century could be so compelling?

Kirkus ★ Starred Review★ (Awarded to Book of Remarkable Merit)

In The Birth of the West, Paul Collins makes accessible and exciting the world of tenth-century Europe.

Jay Rubenstein, Professor of History, University of Tennessee, Knoxville,
and author of
Armies of Heaven: The First Crusade and The Quest for Apocalypse (Basic Books, 2011)

Writing with a supple prose and an eye for colorful detail and vivid characters, Collins shapes some of history’s most appalling behavior ... into a lively narrative with a comprehensible story line... a fascinating account of how a desperate struggle for survival bequeathed a civilization.  

Publishers Weekly

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The Birth of the West is now available in all good bookshops in the US, Canada, the United Kingdom and Ireland, and via online bookshop sites like Amazon, Booktopia, The Book Depository, etc in the rest of the world. In Australia you can also purchase the book from Paul Collins. Send a cheque for Australian$25 plus $10 for postage and packing to PO Box 4053, Manuka, ACT 2603 making sure you include a return address.


Paul Collins, Catholic writerPaul Collins is an historian, broadcaster and writer. A Catholic priest for thirty-three years, he resigned from the active priestly ministry in 2001 due to a dispute with the Vatican over his book Papal Power (1997).

Collins has authored fourteen books and is known as a commentator on Catholicism and the papacy. He also has a strong interest in ethics, environmental and population issues.

Collins has a Master's degree in theology from Harvard University and a Doctorate of Philosophy in history from the Australian National University. He lives in Canberra, Australia.

My books

I began book-writing seriously in 1985 in preparation for Pope John Paul II's first visit to Australia in 1986...

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Francis, Bishop of Rome. One year on

March is a wet month in Rome. It was raining when Pope Francis first appeared ...

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Why I had to resign

Paul Collins's explanation for his resignation from the priesthood

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