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

Written by:
William Manchester
Narrated by:
Barrett Whitener

Unabridged Audiobook

Release Date
March 2007
11 hours 36 minutes
The preeminent popular history of civilization’s rebirth after the Dark Ages

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 Renaissance, a dense explosion of energy that spawned some of history’s greatest poets, philosophers, and painters, as well as some of its most spectacular villains.

One of the most volatile periods of western history witnessed the passing of the Dark Ages and the dawning of the Renaissance, illuminated by magnificent scientific and artistic achievements and spectacular leaps of thought and imagination. Manchester’s narrative weaves together extraordinary figures, varied elements, and accomplishments of the period.
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Eileen Stevenson

This book was a list of silly "facts" randomly assembled by someone who knows absolutely nothing about the Middle Ages.

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