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

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"From tales of chivalrous knights to the barbarity of trial by ordeal, no era has been a greater source of awe, horror, and wonder than the Middle ... Show synopsis

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Overall customer rating: 3.500
FrederickArehart

Author's Arrogance and Ignorance is Apalling

by FrederickArehart on Jun 23, 2011

Was looking forward to a good read concerning an era that is not well known. Instead I got a bunch of nonsense. Manchester's reputation as a researcher and writer takes a big hit in the groin with this book. His research is sloppy, his characterization of historical figures is profoundly soap ... More

dekesolomon

Fire is dim overall but burns brightly in spots

by dekesolomon on Dec 12, 2009

All things considered, "A World Lit Only by Fire" is not William Manchester's best book. Not by a long shot. Those who claim there's nothing new here are right. On the other hand, much of what Manchester tells here is still not well-known to the religious laity nor even to the proverbial "man on ... More

Jamish

Wonderful Overview

by Jamish on Feb 8, 2008

After reading the History of Christianity (a very deep and cumbersome view of Christianity in detail), I was delighted to find A World Lit Only By Fire. This book touches on all of the important aspects of the Dark Ages and the time of Enlightenment - causes, thinking of the time, events, etc. - but ... More

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