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In Volume VI of his acclaimed Hinges of History series, Thomas Cahill guides us through a time so full of innovation that the Western world would not again experience its like until the twentieth century: the new humanism of the Renaissance and the radical religious alterations of the Reformation.
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.
"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?
"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)