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Mysteries of the Middle Ages: The Rise of Feminism, Science, and Art from the Cults of Catholic Europeby Thomas Cahill
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From the bestselling author of How the Irish Saved Civilization, a fascinating look at how medieval thinkers created the origins of modern intellectual movements.
After the long period of decline known as the Dark Ages, medieval Europe experienced a rebirth of scholarship, art, literature, philosophy, and science and began to develop a vision of Western society that remains at the heart of Western civilization today, from the entry of women into professions that had long been closed to them to the early investigations into alchemy that would form the basis of experimental science. On visits to the great cities of Europe-monumental Rome; the intellectually explosive Paris of Peter Abelard and Thomas Aquinas; the hotbed of scientific study that was Oxford; and the incomparable Florence of Dante and Giotto-acclaimed historian Thomas Cahill brilliantly captures the spirit of experimentation, the colorful pageantry, and the passionate pursuit of knowledge that built the foundations for the modern world.
From the Trade Paperback edition.
A new volume in the author's acclaimed Hinges of History series examines the rebirth of scholarship, art, literature, philosophy, and science following the Dark Ages, vividly capturing the spirit of experimentation, pageantry, and pursuit of knowledge that transformed medieval Europe and set the stage for the modern world. 125,000 first printing.
About the Author
THOMAS CAHILL is the author of four previous volumes in the Hinges of History series: How the Irish Saved Civilization, The Gifts of the Jews, Desire of the Everlasting Hills, and Sailing the Wine-Dark Sea. He and his wife, Susan, divide their time between New York City and Rome.
Table of Contents
A Chaucerian invitation — Alexandria: city of reason : the great confluence — Rome: crossroads of the world : how the Romans become the Italians — Bingen & Chartres, gardens enclosed : the cult of the virgin and its consequences — Aquitaine & Assisi, courts of love : the pursuit of love and its consequences — Entrances to other worlds : the Mediterranean, the Orient, and the Atlantic — Paris, university of heavenly things : the exaltation of reason and its consequences — Oxford, university of earthly things : the alchemists quest and its consequences — Padua, chapel of flesh : the artist's experiment and its consequences — Florence, dome of light : the poet's dream and its consequences — Ravenna, city of death : the politician's emptiness and its consequences — Love in the ruins : a Dantesque reflection.
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