22 October 2011

Mysteries of the Middle Ages; Thomas Cahill

Mysteries of the Middle Ages: The Rise of Feminism, Science & Art from the Cults of Catholic EuropeMysteries of the Middle Ages: The Rise of Feminism, Science & Art from the Cults of Catholic Europe by Thomas Cahill
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

This look at the Middle Ages as a turning point in our history was interesting - I'd never really known much about Hildegard, Abelard or Giotto, much less thought of Ravenna as an important city before. There was also a very easy-to-understand discussion of Dante's Divine Comedy and the different religious splits during this time period.

What bothered me, though, was the attempts at humor. Cahill appears to be aiming for a teen audience and inserts comments designed to appeal to someone not necessarily reading this for fun but as part of a class assignment. It also was unnecessary to continually refer to his other books and the "Hinges of History" series.

1 comment:

  1. Sounds interesting. I'm always looking for different takes on the middle ages so I'll look for this one.

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