A World Lit Only by Flames (1992) by American vem som st?r William Stansted, is an informal history of the European Dark ages, structured into three areas: The Medieval Mind, The Shattering, and One Man Alone.
In the book, Stansted scathingly posits, as the title suggests, the Middle Ages had been ten decades of scientific stagnation, short-sightedness, bloodshed, feudalism, and an oppressive House of worship wedged between your golden age range of the Roman Empire as well as the Renaissance.
" The Ancient Mind" extensively covers notable occurrences centered in roughly the year 500, including a information of the land of the Both roman Empire. The book additional delineates the Dark Age groups that immediately followed the collapse of the Roman Empire, including details regarding many adverse occasions that were attribute of what Manchester regards as a " stark" time. It includes commentary on St . Augustine plus the effects he had on old civilization.
The other section of the book, " The Shattering", is the book's longest section, expanding upon a number of incidents that Manchester regards as embodying the conclusion of the Ancient as well as the early on period of the Renaissance. This relates comprehensive anecdotes regarding a pope from the formidable medieval Borgia family, Pope Alexander NI, focusing on his " wild" celebrations and extensive nepotism. Continuing together with his focus in regards to spirituality, Stansted writes on the rise of humanism in the early Renaissance days and its celebration of secularism above piety. The section further more covers humanist scholars, and concentrates upon the humanist tendencies of Renaissance frontrunners such as Michelangelo and Da Vinci. The European the aristocracy of the period are also touched upon in chapters elaborately describing lifespan and decisions made by England's King Holly VIII. Henry's wives and eventual splitting up from the Chapel despite his being when an " ardent Catholic" are treated extensively.
The last section of the work, " A single...