After the long period of cultural decline known as the Dark Ages, Europe experienced a rebirth of scholarship, art, literature, philosophy, and science and began to develop a vision of Western society that remains at the heart of Western civilization today. On visits to the great cities of Europe–monumental Rome; the intellectually explosive Paris of Peter Abelard and Thomas Aquinas; the hotbed of scientific study that was Oxford; and the incomparable Florence of Dante and Giotto–Cahill captures the spirit of experimentation, the colorful pageantry, and the passionate pursuit of knowledge that built the foundations for the modern world.–From publisher description.Examines the rebirth of scholarship, art, literature, philosophy, and science following the Dark Ages, capturing the spirit of experimentation, pageantry, and pursuit of knowledge that transformed medieval Europe and set the stages for the modern world.
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