The Discarded Image: An Introduction to Medieval and Renaissance Literature Chapter Abstracts for Teachers

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Chapter I: The Medieval Situation

• Lewis says that most people view medieval man as savage and uncivilized. He claims this idea comes from an immediate reaction.
• Lewis says that while many medieval ideas and practices were strange, they were founded in scientific studies.
• Medieval men gave a great deal of authority to books. If it was written, it was true. Writers of that time worked to reconcile all the differences found.
• Medieval men also liked to organize thoughts and beliefs. Dante and Aquinas were two men who showed this in their writing.

Chapter II: Reservations

• The model is the collection of beliefs about the universe and its inhabitants which formed a kind of backdrop for writers in the Middle Ages.
• Lewis says the model is certainly a reflection of the philosophical and religious currents of thought of the time, but it should not be thought of as a...

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