Chapter I, The Medieval Mind
• Part I studies the Medieval Mind.
• Manchester asserts that 400 AD to 1000 AD should be referred to as the Dark Ages.
• Little is known about the Dark Ages.
• The Roman Empire had fallen.
• The Dark Ages was filled with famine and death.
• Violence was universal.
• Missionaries struggled to teach Christianity.
• Saint Augustine invented the concept of Original Sin.
• There were many conflicts within the Christian church.
• The Church converted many Pagan practices, buildings, rites and holidays.
• The medieval man had no true sense of self.
• By 1500 A.D. the major medieval institutions were dying.
• Author introduces Magellan.
Chapter II, The Shattering (Sections 1-11)
• Manchester discussed the Renaissance.
• Manchester embraces the "great man" theory.
• Many attempted to shatter the medieval mind.
• Manchester discusses Magellan.
• Magellan's great journey is recounted.
• The biggest enemy of freedom was the pope.
• Muslims and Jews were persecuted.
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