Mysteries of the Middle Ages: And the Beginning of the Modern World (Google eBook)

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Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group, Apr 28, 2010 - History - 368 pages
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From the bestselling author of How the Irish Saved Civilization, a fascinating look at how medieval thinkers created the origins of modern intellectual movements.


After the long period of decline known as the Dark Ages, medieval Europe experienced a rebirth of scholarship, art, literature, philosophy, and science and began to develop a vision of Western society that remains at the heart of Western civilization today, from the entry of women into professions that had long been closed to them to the early investigations into alchemy that would form the basis of experimental science. On visits to the great cities of Europe-monumental Rome; the intellectually explosive Paris of Peter Abelard and Thomas Aquinas; the hotbed of scientific study that was Oxford; and the incomparable Florence of Dante and Giotto-acclaimed historian Thomas Cahill brilliantly captures the spirit of experimentation, the colorful pageantry, and the passionate pursuit of knowledge that built the foundations for the modern world.

BONUS MATERIAL: This ebook edition includes an excerpt from Thomas Cahill's Heretics and Heroes.  


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Review: Mysteries of the Middle Ages: The Rise of Feminism, Science and Art from the Cults of Catholic Europe (The Hinges of History #5)

User Review  - Jeff Suwak - Goodreads

The book started out fantastic and it has many interesting historical tidbits. I lost interest about halfway through the book, though. I think the reason I did this is because the ultimate thesis of ... Read full review

Review: Mysteries of the Middle Ages: The Rise of Feminism, Science and Art from the Cults of Catholic Europe (The Hinges of History #5)

User Review  - David Pulliam - Goodreads

There are some interesting ideas that Cahall discusses though I struggle to see how his thesis carries through. For instance, the rise of feminism from a medieval mystic and Mariology is quite the ... Read full review


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About the author (2010)

Thomas Cahill's appealing approach to distant history has won the attention of millions of readers in North America and beyond. Cahill is the author of four previous volumes in the Hinges of History series: How the Irish Saved Civilization, The Gifts of the Jews, Desire of the Everlasting Hills, and Sailing the Wine-Dark Sea. They have been bestsellers, not only in the United States but also in countries ranging from Italy to Brazil. He and his wife, Susan, also a writer, divide their time between New York and Rome.

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