A world lit only by fire : the medieval mind and the Renaissance : portrait of an age /

A narrative of a civilization tottering on the brink of collapse to the grandeur of its rebirth--the explosion of energy that spawned some of history's greatest poets, philosophers, painters, adventurers, and reformers, as well as spectacular villains--the Renaissance.

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Main Author: Manchester, William, 1922-2004.
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Language:English
Published:Boston : Little, Brown, c1993.
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Main Author:Manchester, William, 1922-2004.
Summary:A narrative of a civilization tottering on the brink of collapse to the grandeur of its rebirth--the explosion of energy that spawned some of history's greatest poets, philosophers, painters, adventurers, and reformers, as well as spectacular villains--the Renaissance.

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 dense explosion of energy that spawned some of history's greatest poets, philosophers, painters, adventurers, and reformers, as well as some of its most spectacular villains- the Renaissance.

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Physical Description:xvii, 322 p. : ill., maps ; 21 cm.
Bibliography:Includes bibliographical references (p. [297]-306) and index.
ISBN:0316545562 :
Author Notes:

William Manchester was born on April 1, 1922 in Attleboro, Massachusetts. After serving as a Marine in the Pacific Theater during World War II, he completed his B.A. at the University of Massachusetts and earned his master's degree in English from the University of Missouri.

He was a journalist for several years before becoming the managing editor of Wesleyan University's publications office. He spent the rest of his career at the University, serving in various roles including adjunct professor of history and writer-in-residence.

In addition to several novels, her wrote a number of historical and biographical works. Among them are The Death of a President, which won the Dag Hammarskjold International Literary Prize and American Caesar: Douglas MacArthur 1880-1964. His last major work was a three-part biography of Winston Churchill, entitled The Last Lion. He received the Peggy V. Helmerich Distinguished Author Award in 2000.

Manchester died on June 1, 2004, at the age of 82.

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