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It speaks to the failure of medieval Europe, writes popular historian William Manchester, that "in the year 1500, after a thousand years of neglect, the roads built by the Romans were still the best on the continent." European powers were so absorbed in destroying each other and in suppressing peasant revolts and religious reform that they never quite got around to realizing the possibilities of contemporary innovations in public health, civil engineering, and other peaceful pursuits. Instead, they waged war in faraway lands, created and lost fortunes, and squandered millions of lives. For all the wastefulness of medieval societies, however, Manchester notes, the era created the foundation for the extraordinary creative explosion of the Renaissance. Drawing on a cast of characters numbering in the hundreds, Manchester does a solid job of reconstructing the medieval world, although some scholars may disagree with his interpretations.
Manchester's marvelously vivid popular history humanizes the tumultuous span from the Dark Ages to the Renaissance. A one-week PW bestseller in cloth. Illustrations.
Copyright 1993 Reed Business Information, Inc.
I would recommend this book for anyone interested in The Middle Ages, if you aren't interested you will be by the time you start reading this. Read morePublished 9 days ago by rita yvonne copping
Personally, I don't like it... But for a history and required book for my course it is written very well and I would recommend this author. Again, It's required...Published 15 days ago by Avid Airsofter
A must read about this historical period. I don't usually go for non-fiction, but this is a page turner.Published 16 days ago by eb
Manchester at his best. This is a must read for those who want to know more about the centuries in which humanity was struggling with separating ancient superstitions, new... Read morePublished 20 days ago by BOBLOU
Well written, through. Brings a multitude of European events onto a singe stage. The author presents facts that Clift the rise and fall of persistent blind Christian beliefs. Read morePublished 21 days ago by Nucrona1033
Shockingly poorly supported. I find conclusions without citations, and statements I know are wrong. Not worth the time or moneyPublished 23 days ago by Christine McDowell
A very interesting read about the middle ages. The author must have done a lot of research to get such great details.
This was fascinating. Read more
this book have me dead . i google like 50 words per page. i do not know what i read. i try understand but i don't. what r going on. i only bought cuz teacher force me. regret.Published 1 month ago by Jakelyn