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Mysteries of the Middle Ages: The Rise of Feminism, Science, and Art from the Cults of Catholic Europe

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 5, 2013

    One of my all time faborites.

    Cahill at his best. Right up there with "How the Irish..." for enlightenment, education, entertainment, enrichment, and a pure joy to read.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted November 6, 2008

    more from this reviewer

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    A Shot of Good News

    This is a marvelous addition to Cahill's seris. It's nice, every once in a while, read about the flip side of history. As Cahill points out in his introduction to the series, history isn't all war, plague, exploitation and death. For every ghastly event, there is always someone going out of their way to help a stranger, ease a burden not their own or simply be a light of hope.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 3, 2006

    Failing to make his point

    A bitter disappointment, particularly since his previous books were in unique settings as a way of linking values today with those people of yore. These exceptions to the common culture did not lead to changes in contemporary times. He fails to identify the enormous contributions of the Moors and other Islam regimes to the preservation and enhancement of culture, art, literature and medicine during the medieval period.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 19, 2006

    Pro-Catholic without supporting facts

    I bought this book on the strength of his book about how the Irish Saved Civilization. I should have looked past the fine illistrations and possibly more at the content. I wanted to see how an openly Pro-Catholic writer could possibly soften or even condone the horrific sins of the Inquisition driven Catholic Church, and in that prospect I was disappointed. The point of this book was to be a fresh look at a period of history where texts often claim that the era was lacking in most of the virtues found before and after the period. The book further suffered from mixed writing, from that of scholars to that of a chatty visitor lecturing a Sunday school class. This book could not be further from the sound rational writing found in the earlier book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 25, 2006

    A rich and delicious feast

    Beautiful! If you love art, history of Christianity and true scholarship, you will love this one. Cahill's series has been a glorious adventure through time, but this volume is icing on the cake. His erudition shines through while he makes it so smoothe a read. The illustrations shown here are superb.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 6, 2006

    WOW! How in the world was Cahill a professor???

    this was bar far the wrost 'history' book I have ever seen in print by a so called student of history and former Boston College professor. His slim facts and awful comparisons had me wincing in pain as I read this book. How could the author of How the Irish saved cilization put out such inferior rubbish is beyond me. Maybe instead of trying to be hip Cahill could concentrate on getting his facts correct and his book to make some sense. Sorry but this book was garbage and a waste of money. If you really want to read, wait a few months and it will be on the clearance racks.

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