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Hinges of History #06: Heretics and Heroes: How Renaissance Artists and Reformation Priests Created Our World


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From the inimitable bestselling author Thomas Cahill, another popular history—this one focusing on how the innovations of the Renaissance and the Reformation changed the Western world. A truly revolutionary book.


In Volume VI of his acclaimed Hinges of History series, Thomas Cahill guides us through the thrilling period of the Renaissance and the Reformation (the late fourteenth to the early seventeenth century), so full of innovation and cultural change that the Western world would not experience its like again until the twentieth century. Beginning with the continent-wide disaster of the Black Death, Cahill traces the many developments in European thought and experience that served both the new humanism of the Renaissance and the seemingly abrupt religious alterations of the increasingly radical Reformation. This is an age of the most sublime artistic and scientific adventure, but also of newly powerful princes and armies and of newly found courage, as many thousands refuse to bow their heads to the religious pieties of the past.  It is an era of just-discovered continents and previously unknown peoples. More than anything, it is a time of individuality in which a whole culture must achieve a new balance if the West is to continue.

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Thomas Cahill’s appealing approach to distant history has won the attention of millions of readers in North America and beyond. Cahill is the author of five previous volumes in the Hinges of History series: How the Irish Saved CivilizationThe Gifts of the JewsDesire of the Everlasting HillsSailing the Wine-Dark Sea, and Mysteries of the Middle Ages. They have been bestsellers not only in the United States but also in countries ranging from Italy to Brazil. He is also the author of A Saint on Death Row.

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darcy.macpherson, December 8, 2014 (view all comments by darcy.macpherson)
I am a big fan of Thomas Cahill’s writing, one reason is I am always learning something. I picked this one up because I wanted to see what the updates where on Galileo and the new information from discovers of the time. Instead once I settled into, it was about those insane men of the time, their aspirations to control the world and there amazing warp thinking.

I appreciate his modernizing terms and connections. The greed of our recent economics is reflected in the same pattern of the Fugger banking family. If nothing else this section of the book is worth the read. The similarities are uncanny.

While I always knew that Henry VII was just after an heir. Cahill puts his rule of operation in very succinct way. This book is a good read because it is from the past that we can go to the future. I suspect there are many readers who don’t know about the Inquisition and the march of the Europeans to the Americans and what the impact was to the existing cultures.

I haven’t been much of a classical art follower but reading this book about Donatello, Bach and others. I have a new appreciation of their work. It really is astounding that the level of work that was accomplished and how there seemed to be a flowing connection between all of them during the period that is covered in this book.
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Cahill, Thomas
Anchor Books
World History - Medieval and Renaissance
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