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Mysteries of the Middle Ages : and the beginning of the modern world

Author: Thomas Cahill
Publisher: New York : Anchor Books, 2008, ©2006.
Edition/Format:   Book : English : 1st Anchor Books edView all editions and formats
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After the long period of cultural decline known as the Dark Ages, 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. 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  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Thomas Cahill
ISBN: 9780385495561 0385495560
OCLC Number: 166358600
Description: 343 p. : ill. ; 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.
Responsibility: Thomas Cahill.

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After the long period of cultural decline known as the Dark Ages, 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. 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--Cahill captures the spirit of experimentation, the colorful pageantry, and the passionate pursuit of knowledge that built the foundations for the modern world.--From publisher description.

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