Heretics and Heroes: How Renaissance Artists and Reformation Priests Created Our World
Thomas Cahill (Author)
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DescriptionThe New York Times bestselling author of How the Irish Saved Civilization reveals how the innovations of the Renaissance and the Reformation changed the Western world. - "Cahill is our king of popular historians." --The Dallas Morning News
This was an age in which whole continents and peoples were discovered. It was an era of sublime artistic and scientific adventure, but also of newly powerful princes and armies--and of unprecedented courage, as thousands refused to bow their heads to the religious pieties of the past. In these exquisitely written and lavishly illustrated pages, Cahill illuminates, as no one else can, the great gift-givers who shaped our history--those who left us a world more varied and complex, more awesome and delightful, more beautiful and strong than the one they had found.
August 12, 2014
5.2 X 8.23 X 0.82 inches | 0.88 pounds
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About the Author
THOMAS CAHILL's appealing approach to distant history won the attention of millions of readers in North America and beyond. Cahill is the author of six volumes in the Hinges of History series: How the Irish Saved Civilization, The Gifts of the Jews, Desire of the Everlasting Hills, Sailing the Wine-Dark Sea, Mysteries of the Middle Ages, and Heretics and Heroes. They have been bestsellers not only in the United States but also in countries ranging from Italy to Brazil. He is also the author of A Saint on Death Row. He died in 2022.
"Cahill is our king of popular historians, and rightly so. He is eminently learned and wise . . . opinionated and unsparing in his view of history." --The Dallas Morning News
"A great achievement. . . . Seemingly effortless illumination of the Renaissance and the Reformation." --James S. Shapiro, author of Contested Will: Who Wrote Shakespeare?
--Martin E. Marty, Fairfax M. Cone Distinguished Service Professor Emeritus, The University of Chicago "Remarkable. . . . An entertaining yet thought-provoking examination of Western civilization." --Publishers Weekly (starred) "Wonderful. . . . Shows how events and a change in philosophical views can uproot and reconfigure entire civilizations." --Kirkus Reviews (starred)