Mysteries of the Middle Ages : And the Beginning of the Modern World
More About Mysteries of the Middle Ages by Thomas Cahill
- ISBN-13: 9780385495561
- ISBN-10: 0385495560
- Publisher: Anchor Books
- Publish Date: March 2008
- Page Count: 343
- Dimensions: 9.12 x 6.34 x 1.06 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.33 pounds
Series: Hinges of History #5
Mysteries of the Middle Ages
Cahill adds to his acclaimed Hinges of History series with his latest book, an examination of medieval culture and how it gave birth to many of the intellectual concepts that shaped civilization as we know it. After the Dark Ages, Europe underwent a period of intellectual flowering, experiencing growth and ferment in the areas of science, art, philosophy and literature. Social progress was also part of the expansion, as women were able to take up vocations that had long been off-limits to them. Over the course of this fascinating narrative, Cahill travels to the capitals of Europe, including Paris, Rome, Florence and London, to retrace the development of medieval progress and explain its effects on society. Sharing anecdotes and revisiting important chapters in history, he demonstrates that many fundamental ideas related to art and science that we now take for granted were seeded in the medieval era. The Hinges of History sequence includes the best-selling titles How the Irish Saved Civilization, The Gifts of the Jews, Desire of the Everlasting Hills and Sailing the Wine-Dark Sea. Cahill, an authoritative yet accessible writer, has a broad vision and an astonishing grasp of history. With his newest book, he offers another perceptive and illuminating history that entertains even as it challenges.
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