A World Lit Only By Fire

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The end of the Middle Ages and the arrival of the Renaissance was one of the most significant turning points in history, an era dominated by some of the greatest and most colorful personalities of all time: Galileo, Martin Luther, Magellan, Michelangelo, da Vinci, Lucrezia Borgia, Henry VIII.

William Manchester brings all his storytelling power to bear on a group portrait of a century of giants. Weaving together the extraordinary lives, tempestuous events and intellectual ferment of the late 15th and early 16th centuries, he spins out a spellbinding narrative that reads like a novel, the reality more colorful than any fiction.

"Manchester has not forgotten the skills that, with invective, eloquence and anecdote, make him a master storyteller." (Kirkus Reviews)

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It speaks to the failure of medieval Europe, writes popular historian William Manchester, that "in the year 1500, after a thousand years of neglect, the roads built by the Romans were still the best on the continent." European powers were so absorbed in destroying each other and in suppressing peasant revolts and religious reform that they never quite got around to realizing the possibilities of contemporary innovations in public health, civil engineering, and other peaceful pursuits. Instead, they waged war in faraway lands, created and lost fortunes, and squandered millions of lives. For all the wastefulness of medieval societies, however, Manchester notes, the era created the foundation for the extraordinary creative explosion of the Renaissance. Drawing on a cast of characters numbering in the hundreds, Manchester does a solid job of reconstructing the medieval world, although some scholars may disagree with his interpretations.

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