A World Lit Only by Fire: The Medieval Mind and the Renaissance: Portrait of an Age Summary
William Manchester

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A World Lit Only by Fire: The Medieval Mind and the Renaissance: Portrait of an Age Summary

A World Lit Only By Fire is William Manchester's attempt to write a book of popular history defending the increasingly unpopular view among historians that the medieval world was culturally, religiously, and technologically backward. This world was destroyed by the blossoming of confidence in reason and the progress of art, literacy, astronomy, geography, and theology. The book is divided into three chapters. The first chapter introduces Manchester's conception of the medieval mindset. The...

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