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|Description:||343 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm.|
|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 and 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.