"...one admires the breadth of his erudition. Indeed, like Gibbon, [J.G.A. Pocock] is a truly enlightened historian, one who takes ideas seriously and who has no patience for those of our own age who would 'deny the reality of authors and the readability of texts.'" T.H. Breen, New York Times Book Review
Barbarism and Religion--Edward Gibbon's own phrase--is the title of an acclaimed sequence of works by John Pocock designed to situate Gibbon, and his Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire, in a series of contexts in the history of Europe. This is a major intervention from one of the world's leading historians, challenging the idea of a single 'Enlightenment' with Paris at its centre: through Gibbon a plurality of enlightenments in fact emerge, of which the English, an ecclesiastical as well as a secular phenomenon, was one.