The Early Church Fathers is one area I really ought to read up more about. The development of the Early Chruch is one that fascinates me, and the Early Church Fathers are obviously key to that process. In which case, what good commentaries and books are recommended for covering the topic? I'm preferring a distinctly historical approach - ie, one that shows the real warts involved, rather than seeks to gloss over serious issues for the sake of Christian Harmony. If you;d like an example of what I mean by that then think in terms of Eusebius of Caeserea, and the claimed misrepresentations in his Ecclesiastical History. I want to read criticisms of figures in the Early Chruch in terms of their historical reliability - and also details of what they actually wrote about (for example, I saw an interesting reference to Papias apparently commenting on the head of Judas Iscariot swelling up to the size of a carriage track). Any suggestions from anyone?