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

William Manchester
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Explain three traits that Manchester thinks are essential to the "medieval mind."

What is Renaissance Humanism? How did it help to destroy the medieval mind? Who were its main leaders, according to Manchester?

What is Protestantism? How did it help to destroy the medieval mind? Who were its main leaders, according to Manchester?

What is Manchester's opinion of European Christianity? What are his criticisms? Does he view any aspect of it favorably?

Why is Ferdinand Magellan singled out as the book's greatest hero? What was it about Magellan's character that so impressed Manchester?

How did Magellan's voyage help to destroy the medieval mind? Manchester claims that he helped to refute the doctrine of Biblical literalism, which in turn helped to undermine Christianity. What is Manchester's argument for this? Is it valid?

In general, what do you think the point of A World Lit Only By Fire is...

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