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

Unabridged Audiobook

Written By: William Manchester

Narrated By: Barrett Whitener

Publisher: Blackstone Audiobooks

Date: March 2007

Duration: 11 hours 39 minutes


"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."

"Manchester provides easy access to a fascinating age when our modern mentality was just being born."-Chicago Tribune


  • Eileen Stevenson

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