A World Lit Only by Fire: The Medieval Mind and the Renaissance - Portrait of an Age by William ManchesterA World Lit Only by Fire: The Medieval Mind and the Renaissance - Portrait of an Age by William Manchester

A World Lit Only by Fire: The Medieval Mind and the Renaissance - Portrait of an Age

byWilliam Manchester

Paperback | June 1, 1993

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From tales of chivalrous knights to the barbarity of trial by ordeal, no era has been a greater source of awe, horror, and wonder than the Middle Ages. In handsomely crafted prose, and with the grace and authority of his extraordinary gift for narrative history, William Manchester leads us from a civilization tottering on the brink of collapse to the grandeur of its rebirth-the dense explosion of energy that spawned some of history's greatest poets, philosophers, painters, adventurers, and reformers, as well as some of its most spectacular villains- the Renaissance.
William Manchester was a hugely successful popular historian and biographer whose books include The Last Lion, Volumes 1 and 2, Goodbye Darkness, A World Lit Only by Fire, The Glory and the Dream, The Arms of Krupp, American Caesar, The Death of the President, and assorted works of journalism.
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Title:A World Lit Only by Fire: The Medieval Mind and the Renaissance - Portrait of an AgeFormat:PaperbackDimensions:336 pages, 8.25 × 5.5 × 0.88 inPublished:June 1, 1993Publisher:Little, Brown And CompanyLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0316545562

ISBN - 13:9780316545563

Appropriate for ages: 13 - 13

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from A World Lit Only By Fire A very enjoyable read about the middle ages in Europe. I couldn't put it down.
Date published: 2013-12-17
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Quick But Entertaining Ride Through an Obscure Era Stumbled onto this book in a dollar bin and decided to give it a try after flipping through it. Certainly not a master work by any stretch, but a very entertaining and easy-flowing trek through an obscure era best known as the Dark Ages, following the collapse of the Western Roman empire. It is a tough era to be inspired by--it was the Era of the Small - small people of small quality, with small plans and small skills. A time of mediocrity--and oppression by the mediocre. Luckily this was not entirely true, and the embers of greatness that survived the era lead to the full flame of the Renaissance and a return to greatness, although not of the same grand scale as the Roman empire and ancient times. Different, more modern in sensibility. Nonetheless, this book does a nice job of surfing across the era. I'm puzzled why this would be labelled a "Kids/Teen" book, as it most certainly is not. It is written in a simpler, younger syntax, but it is an adult book. (I guess a smart teen could handle it!) A quick read, and not the authoritative take on the Dark Ages, but still a worthy read and a respectable take on it. Best buck I've ever spent!
Date published: 2008-06-28

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Chronicles the historical transition from the Middle Ages to the Renaissance and focuses on riveting figures such as Leonardo da Vinci, Lucrezia Borgia, Henry VIII, and others. By the author of Death of a President. Reprint. PW.