This is Cahill's fifth installment in his acclaimed "Hinges of History" books that started with his "How the Irish Saved Civilization." Here he continues in his popularizing-history style with a broad and thrilling tour of the developments, and personalities in art, religion and thought during centuries of the Catholic church and history that emerged into the vision that remains at the heart of Western civilization today.
On visits to the great cities of Europe-monumental Rome; the intellectually explosive Paris of Peter Abelard and Thomas Aquinas; the hotbed of scientific study that was Oxford; and the incomparable Florence of Dante and Giotto-Cahill captures the spirit of experimentation, the colorful pageantry, and the passionate pursuit of knowledge that built the foundations for the modern world.
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