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A World Lit Only by Fire: The Medieval Mind and the Renaissance: Portrait of an Age Chapter Summary & Analysis - Chapter II, The Shattering (Sections 24-34) Summary

William Manchester
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Chapter II, The Shattering (Sections 24-34) Summary and Analysis

Once the printing press was created, the reading public expanded. There were many cheap avenues of instruction. As free opinion broke out, the Papacy issued several futile bulls trying to restrict what people could read, but individuality had broken out and many great works survived. Even Catholic theologians became fluent in classical tongues and writers would write in the vernacular.

New universities sprouted up all over Europe. In this new system, genuine learning flourished and many men became autodidacts, self-taught readers. While many theology programs were corrupted by Scholastic and ecclesiological obsessions, others turned to actually learning ancient languages, like a more accurate form of Latin. The great success of the Renaissance, in Manchester's view, was to awaken Europe's ties to antiquity. The Renaissance man became a universal ideal for men of letters. They were...

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