A World Lit Only By Fire. The Medieval Mind And The Renaissance.
Little, Brown and Company.
Portrait of an age.
FIRST EDITION. 8vo. 9.5 x 6.5 inches. xvii + [i] + 318 pp. Bound in quarter brown cloth, gilt, over buff boards, in pictorial dust wrapper. A fine copy. Illustrated by 33 text figures and by 5 maps. Chronology on endpapers. Decorated by publisher's device on title page. An informal history of the Middle Ages in three sections, The Medieval Mind, The Shattering and One Man Alone, it views the period in negative terms between the golden times of the Roman Empire and the Renaissance, culminating in the Portuguese circumnavigation of the world. Consequently it has been much criticised by professional historians. William Manchester (1922-2004) was a US historian and biographer.
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