A World Lit Only by Fire

A World Lit Only by Fire

The Medieval Mind and the Renaissance : Portrait of An Age

Book - 1992
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A "lively and engaging" history of the Middle Ages ( Dallas Morning News ) from the acclaimed historian William Manchester, author of The Last Lion .

From tales of chivalrous knights to the barbarity of trial by ordeal, no era has been a greater source of awe, horror, and wonder than the Middle Ages. In handsomely crafted prose, and with the grace and authority of his extraordinary gift for narrative history, William Manchester leads us from a civilization tottering on the brink of collapse to the grandeur of its rebirth: the dense explosion of energy that spawned some of history's greatest poets, philosophers, painters, adventurers, and reformers, as well as some of its most spectacular villains.

"Manchester provides easy access to a fascinating age when our modern mentality was just being born." -- Chicago Tribune
Publisher: Boston : Little, Brown, c1992.
Edition: 1st ed.
ISBN: 9780316545310
Branch Call Number: 940.2 Man
Characteristics: xvii, 318 p. : ill., maps ; 25 cm.


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Jan 20, 2021

Ridley Pearson, author, recommendation

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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