A World Lit Only by Fire: The Medieval Mind and the Renaissance: Portrait of an Age Chapter Abstracts for Teachers

William Manchester
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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.

• The...

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