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In Volume VI of his acclaimed Hinges of History series, Thomas Cahill guides us through the thrilling period of the Renaissance and the Reformation (the late fourteenth to the early seventeenth century), so full of innovation and cultural change that the Western world would not experience its like again until the twentieth century. Beginning with the continent-wide disaster of the Black Death, Cahill traces the many developments in European thought and experience that served both the new humanism of the Renaissance and the seemingly abrupt religious alterations of the increasingly radical Reformation. This is an age of the most sublime artistic and scientific adventure, but also of newly powerful princes and armies and of newly found courage, as many thousands refuse to bow their heads to the religious pieties of the past. It is an era of just-discovered continents and previously unknown peoples. More than anything, it is a time of individuality in which a whole culture must achieve a new balance if the West is to continue.
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By Christopher on 10-21-14
Great story, bad decision to narrate your own book
What made the experience of listening to Heretics and Heroes the most enjoyable?
I love the author's books, I enjoy his approach to history
Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Thomas Cahill?
My personal favorite of those who have narrated his books is John Lee
Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?
Any additional comments?
Don't be put off by his pedestrian narration, listen to the whole series!
1 of 1 people found this review helpful
By Ted Baehr on 05-01-16
Too much revisionism & propaganda
There are some brilliant descriptions and passages, but a few recurring revisionist lapses and heavy handed propaganda make the course a miserable slog. Too bad. At first, it could have been ignorance, then it became clear Thomas had several broken axes to grind.
2 of 3 people found this review helpful