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The Medieval Mind and the Renaissance-Portrait of an Age

Now beautifully illustrated and in color, this new edition of the classic New York Times bestseller brings readers more intimately into the medieval world than ever before. In handsomely crafted prose, and with an extraordinary gift for narrative history, William Manchester leads us from a civilization tottering on the brink of collapse to the grandeur of a rebirth that spawned some of history's greatest poets, philosophers, and artists.

From tales of chivalry and valor to the barbarity of the Inquisition and the devastation of the plague, no era has been a greater source of fascination and horror than the Middle Ages. With extraordinarily crafted prose, acclaimed historian William Manchester takes us on a vividly painted journey into the medieval mind. We travel from the depths of the Dark Ages to the heights of the rebirth that spawned some of history's greatest artists and thinkers—and that eventually ushered the West into the brilliance of the Renaissance. For Manchester, the man who best epitomized this new quest for knowledge in a changing world was Ferdinand Magellan, the great circumnavigator, whose inspiring story Manchester dramatically recounts, along with the stories of countless medieval men and women from every walk of life who influenced and changed the course of history.

  • Author(s): William Manchester
  • Format: Hardcover with dustjacket
  • Pages: 336 pages in all-colour
  • Dimensions: 9.3" x 7.4"
  • ISBN: 9781454908944