How Renaissance Artists and Reformation Priests Created Our World. In Volume VI of his acclaimed" Hinges of History" series, Thomas Cahill guides us through a time so full of innovation that the Western world would not again experience its like until the twentieth century: the new humanism of the Renaissance and the radical religious alterations of the Reformation.
This was an age in which whole continents and peoples were discovered. It was an era of sublime artistic and scientific adventure, but also of newly powerful princes and armies--and of unprecedented courage, as thousands refused to bow their heads to the religious pieties of the past. In these exquisitely written and lavishly illustrated pages, Cahill illuminates, as no one else can, the great gift-givers who shaped our history--those who left us a world more varied and complex, more awesome and delightful, more beautiful and strong than the one they had found.
â€œWonderful. . . . Shows how events and a change in philosophical views can uproot and reconfigure entire civilizations.â€ â€”Kirkus Reviews
Some years ago Rabbi Samuel Sandmel wrote a book on The Enjoyment of Scripture. What a shocking thought, that a noted scholar thought his writing could be enjoyed! In his series, The Hinges of History, and especially in his newest book, Heretics and Heroes, Cahill shocks by writing for reader-enjoymentâ€”which is the best way to advance learning. I am glad to be in the company of enjoyers and learners.â€ â€”Martin E. Marty
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