Heretics and Heroes: Ego in the Renaissance and the Reformation

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Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group, Oct 29, 2013 - Art - 368 pages
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From the inimitable and bestselling author Thomas Cahill, another popular history, focusing on the Renaissance and Reformation and how this innovative period changed the Western world.

In Volume VI of his acclaimed Hinges of History series, Thomas Cahill guides us through the thrilling period of Renaissance and Reformation (late fourteenth to early seventeenth centuries), so full of innovation and cultural change that the Western world would not experience its like again until the twentieth century. Beginning with the continent-wide disaster of the Black Plague, Cahill traces the many innovations in European thought and experience that served both the new humanism of the Renaissance and the seemingly abrupt religious alterations of the increasingly radical Reformation. This is an age of the most sublime artistic and scientific adventure, but also of newly powerful princes and armies, and of newly found courage, as many thousands refuse to bow their heads to the religious pieties of the past. It is an era of newly discovered continents and previously unknown peoples. More than anything, it is a time of individuality in which a whole culture must achieve a new balance, if the West is to continue.

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Review: Heretics and Heroes: How Renaissance Artists and Reformation Priests Created Our World (The Hinges of History #6)

User Review  - Dave Brandt - Goodreads

I really enjoyed the Hinges of History series until this book. I found Cahill's attempt to pull things all together in his little "Can't we all just get along" sermon undermined by his bold anti ... Read full review

Review: Heretics and Heroes: How Renaissance Artists and Reformation Priests Created Our World (The Hinges of History #6)

User Review  - Joel Wentz - Goodreads

Hinges of History still hasn't hit the masterful level of the second volume (Gifts of the Jews), but Heretics and Heroes is a delightful read. Cahill threads together seemingly disparate figures to ... Read full review

About the author (2013)

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 five previous volumes in the Hinges of History series: How the Irish Saved Civilization, The Gifts of the Jews, Desire of the Everlasting Hills, Sailing the Wine-Dark Sea, and Mysteries of the Middle Ages. They have been bestsellers not only in the United States, but also in countries ranging from Italy to Brazil. His last book was A Saint on Death Row.

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