After the long period of cultural decline known as the Dark Ages, 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. Cahill brilliantly captures the spirit of experimentation, the colorful pageantry, and the passionate pursuit of knowledge that built the foundations for the modern world.
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"A fresh, provocative look at an epoch that's both strange and tantalizingly familiar." - PW.
"Continuing his "Hinges of History" series, Cahill shows that plenty hinged on cultural developments in the Middle Ages." - Library Journal.
"Not an original scholar, Cahill serves as an irresistible guide: never dull, sometimes provocative, often luminous. " - Kirkus.
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Thomas Cahill is the author of the bestselling Hinges of History series (a planned seven part series) including How The Irish Saved Civilization: The Untold Story of Ireland's Heroic Role from the Fall of Rome to the Rise of Medieval Europe (1996), The Gifts of the Jews: How a Tribe of Desert Nomads Changed the Way Everyone Thinks and Feels (1999), Desire of the Everlasting Hills: The World Before and After Jesus (2001),
Sailing the Wine Dark Sea: Why The Greeks Matter (2004),
Mysteries of the Middle Ages: The Rise of Feminism, Science, and Art from the Cults of Catholic Europe (2006), and A Saint on Death Row (2009).
A lifelong scholar, Thomas Cahill has studied with some of America's most distinguished literary and biblical scholars.
Born in New York City to Irish-...
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