A World Lit Only by Fire: The Medieval Mind and the Renaissance

A World Lit Only by Fire: The Medieval Mind and the Renaissance

William Manchester Hardcover, 317 pages; 2014 (1992)
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I read the original version of this book for a history class in the 1990s, and it has stuck with me for years as one of those rare works that's immensely enlightening as well as thoroughly engaging. So I was thrilled to see that this new edition of the text has been published, beautifully enhanced with maps, artwork, and other full-color illustrations throughout. From the fall of Rome in 410 AD to the sixteenth-century Protestant Reformation and its aftermath, William Manchester's fascinating narrative chronicles the rebirth of civilization in Europe following the Dark Ages, infusing the political upheaval and cultural sea changes during this crucial period with vibrant immediacy. Lucrezia Borgia, Martin Luther, Leonardo da Vinci, Henry VIII, Ferdinand Magellan...historical icons spring from the pages, drawing the reader into the highstakes drama and the profound societal advances of the medieval world. (AG)

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