A World Lit Only by Fire

A World Lit Only by Fire

The Medieval Mind and the Renaissance : Portrait of An Age

Book - 2014
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This beautifully illustrated new color edition of the classic New York Times bestseller brings readers more intimately into the medieval world than ever before. From tales of chivalry and valor to the barbarity of the Inquisition and the devastation of the plague, no era has been a greater source of fascination and horror than the Middle Ages. With extraordinarily crafted prose, acclaimed historian William Manchester takes us on a vividly painted journey into the medieval mind. We travel from the depths of the Dark Ages to the heights of the rebirth that spawned some of history's greatest artists and thinkers--and that eventually ushered the West into the brilliance of the Renaissance. For Manchester, the man who best epitomized this new quest for knowledge in a changing world was Ferdinand Magellan, the great circumnavigator, whose inspiring story Manchester dramatically recounts, along with the stories of countless medieval men and women from every walk of life who influenced and changed the course of history.
Publisher: New York :, Sterling Publishing Co., Inc.,, 2014
Edition: New llustrated edition
ISBN: 9781454908944
Branch Call Number: 940.21 M312w 2014
Characteristics: xvii, 317 pages : color illustrations, maps ; 25 cm


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Mar 16, 2019

Before publishing this book, Manchester took it to friends who were Medieval scholars. One and all panned it and urged him NOT to publish it as it was rife with historical errors. Manchester ignored that advice and published the book. Sadly, because of his previous reputation, the book sold well and those errors have been absorbed by the reading public as if they were an accurate reflection of an extremely complex period. No one who is actually interested in this topic should select this book for its historical veracity. There are many others, better researched and written out there.

Jan 29, 2019

When an author of a history book states that he has used only secondary sources, is writing about a period with which he is unfamiliar, makes universal statements about his subject apparently without foot- or end-notes and has a bibliography from the late 19th and early-to-mid 20th century, then that's a history book to avoid.

Nov 05, 2018

josh brown and jim chanos rec

Jun 18, 2015

As the subtitle says, its the portrait of an age, and as the introduction says, it has no scholarly pretensions. The book is comprised of a series of two to three page essays on social norms, personages, events, etc., with some important ones (reformation and Luther) getting several. The last chapter is a brief biography and assessment of Magellan. On the whole, a readable, pleasant book.

Oct 20, 2008

before the enlightenment


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