By William Manchester
From stories of chivalrous knights to the barbarity of trial through ordeal, no period has been a better resource of awe, horror, and beauty than the center a while. In handsomely crafted prose, and with the grace and authority of his outstanding present for narrative background, William Manchester leads us from a civilization tottering close to cave in to the grandeur of its rebirth--the dense explosion of strength that spawned a few of history's maximum poets, philosophers, painters, adventurers, and reformers, in addition to a few of its such a lot incredible villains--the Renaissance.
Using in basic terms secondary resources, Manchester plunges readers into the medieval way of thinking in a charming, marvelously shiny renowned background that humanizes the tumultuous span from the darkish a while to the sunrise of the Renaissance. He delineates an age while invisible spirits infested the air, whilst tolerance used to be visible as treachery and "a mafia of profane popes desecrated Christianity." along with re-creating the laborious lives of standard humans, the Wesleyan professor of historical past peoples his tapestry with such figures as Leonardo, Machiavelli, Lucrezia Borgia, Erasmus, Luther, Henry VIII and Anne Boleyn. Manchester ( The fingers of Krupp ) devotes a lot cognizance to Magellan, whose globe-straddling voyage shattered Christendom's implicit trust in Europe because the middle of the universe. His portrayal of the center a while as a time while the powerful and the sensible flourished, whereas the inventive, the cerebral and the unlucky suffered, earrings precise.
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Additional info for A World Lit Only by Fire: The Medieval Mind and the Renaissance - Portrait of an Age
The period became a kind of kaleidoscope for me; every time I shook it, I saw a new picture. Of course, the images I saw, and describe in this work, cannot presume to universal validity. Another writer, peering into another kaleidoscope, would glimpse different views. In fact, that was precisely the experience of Henry Osborn Taylor. ” He explained candidly: “The present work is not occupied with the brutalities of mediaeval life, nor with all the lower grades of ignorance and superstition abounding in the Middle Ages.
He begged for absolution and was granted it only after he had spent three days and nights prostrate in the snows of Canossa, outside the papal castle in northern Italy. Canossa became a symbol of secular submission, but improperly so; the emperor’s contrition was short-lived. Changing his mind, he renewed his attack, and, undeterred by a second excommunication, drove Gregory from Rome. ” Another century passed before the papacy wrested independence from the imperial courts in Germany. Even then conflicts remained, and they were not fully resolved until early in the thirteenth century, when Innocent III brought the Church to the height of its prestige and power.
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A World Lit Only by Fire: The Medieval Mind and the Renaissance - Portrait of an Age by William Manchester