Heretics and Heroes

Heretics and Heroes

How Renaissance Artists and Reformation Priests Created Our World

Book - 2013
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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.
Publisher: New York :, Nan A. Talese/Doubleday,, [2013]
Edition: First edition
Copyright Date: ©2013
ISBN: 9780385495578
Branch Call Number: 940 CAH
Characteristics: xxi, 341 pages : illustrations (some colour), map ; 25 cm

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bakkerdavid
Apr 04, 2016

Cahill is a great social historian and tells a great story. This series might be a bit played out, but "How the Irish Saved Civilization" will give him his bona fides for years to come.

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DorisWaggoner
May 29, 2015

This is the next to last in a series, exploring the development of the modern world by themes. Cahill paints with broad strokes, yet uses enough detail that I had a sense of "being there" in his exploration of the 14th-16th c. His outlook is optimistic, in that he's explicit that while this was a period of war, he doesn't think it was inevitable until people pushed too far. I'm not sure I'll read the whole series, but I want to read more of the books. This period of European history fascinates me more than some others. I think I'll go to his beginning next, and read "How the Irish Saved Civilization." He is a mesmerizing writer, and the book's a page turner.

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