"History is a slippery thing. Once it's over, it turns into memory, and everyone knows how unreliable memory can be. Stefana Dan Laing's excellent book tackles this issue directly. With impressive scholarly expertise and lively writing, she examines how early Christian memories were gathered, shaped, and marshaled as polemical arguments or world-shaping narratives. Retrieving History expertly describes how 'what happened' in the ancient church became 'what we believe to have happened.' All the right topics are covered: apologetics, martyrdom, hagiography, and Eusebian-style history. For those who think the past matters, this book is important reading--for the collective remembrance of the faithful is one of the greatest shapers of the Christian mind today."