Heretics and Heroes

Heretics and Heroes

How Renaissance Artists and Reformation Priests Created Our World

Book - 2013
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From the inimitable and bestselling author Thomas Cahill, another popular history, focusing on the Renaissance and Reformation and how this innovative period changed the Western world.
Publisher: New York : Nan A. Talese, Doubleday, [2013]
Edition: First edition
Copyright Date: ©2013
ISBN: 9780385495578
Characteristics: xxi, 341 pages, 32 unnumbered pages of plates : ill. (some col.) ; 24 cm


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Apr 04, 2016

Cahill is a great social historian and tells a great story. This series might be a bit played out, but "How the Irish Saved Civilization" will give him his bona fides for years to come.

May 29, 2015

This is the next to last in a series, exploring the development of the modern world by themes. Cahill paints with broad strokes, yet uses enough detail that I had a sense of "being there" in his exploration of the 14th-16th c. His outlook is optimistic, in that he's explicit that while this was a period of war, he doesn't think it was inevitable until people pushed too far. I'm not sure I'll read the whole series, but I want to read more of the books. This period of European history fascinates me more than some others. I think I'll go to his beginning next, and read "How the Irish Saved Civilization." He is a mesmerizing writer, and the book's a page turner.


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