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Posted November 17, 2002
A literate, well researched history of a fascinating time and characters written in an accessible and informative manner, with insight, wit and humor. Set against the background of the evolution of printing and religious ideas, the authors give us a fascinating story of the corruption of power and the Church establishment, pitted against the bravery and courage of one man.
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Posted July 12, 2014
A story of a brilliant man caught in unstable and cruel times. The authors first give you detailed background to set the stage for the dramatic events. In doing so, you will learn more about the enormity of the invention of the printing press and how authors published their books; how horrible the Inquistion was and how John Calvin, a major leader in the Protestant movement could be equally cruel; and you will speculate with the authors on how medical history might have been different if Michael Servetus' understanding of blood circulation had been understood by others. But the book doesn't end with his cruel death. Another mystery unfolds with the search for one of the rarest books is told. A great read.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted December 4, 2011
Out of the Flames by Lawrence and Nancy Goldstone is about heresy, the effects of humanism against the church, and freedom of expression. It highlights one particular humanist, Michael Servetus. Servetus was born on September 29, 1511 in Villanueva de Sijena in Spain. This book documents his life and describes how he wrote a book deemed heretic because he questioned some of the things that the Church approved, because of different interpretation and the Church differentiating from the original text of the Bible. Three copies of his book survived despite being banned and they have been traced from when Servetus was burned alive for heresy to present day. This book was written by people who have a great understanding of the time period and add much relevant historical context. I would recommend this book to anyone who likes history and wants to know how certain events tie together. The authors do a marvelous job including relevant world context and use wit and humor to keep their readers engaged. The authors do a good job completing their purpose because it was to document Michael Servetus and his books and their impact, which they include with world context. The authors make similarities between the 16th century and the 21st century, comparing the printing press to the internet. This is remarkable conclusion, as both of these inventions inspired political and cultural innovation.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted December 9, 2009
Out of the Flames by Lawrence and Nancy Goldstone is a true story about Michael Servetus and his book The Christianismi Restitutio. He was born on September 29, 1511 in Villanueva de Sijena. This book traces his life up to when he was trialed for heresy because of his book and was burned with the last known copy of his book strapped to his leg. Although, three copies of his book survived and their life is traced from when Servetus was burned to present day. As reading the book the reader can easily see that extensive research was done by the two authors in order to accompany Servetus's story with detailed information as to what was going on around him. The authors did a wonderful job of showing how one person can have such a large influence on numerous people at once. I was impressed with all of the facts that were given in order to understand the story better, however at times I felt as if the plethora of information was overwhelming and caused me to side track and lose the main idea of the story.
I would definitely recommend this book to anyone who enjoys history or stories that are interesting and unique. Also to other students who are interested in how books and religion have affected history. It is a great novel to learn how people acted in a different time period, as well as seeing into the life of Micheal Servetus. Some of the topics mentioned in this book really provoke the reader to think about things that they would normally overlook. I thought that this book was truly a well written detailed story of a man, his book, and their impact.
Posted March 25, 2003
This is a fascinating book, well-researched, well-written, illuminating a part of history with which I was unfamiliar (Catholic schools didn't 'go there'), & which has sent me into further studies of the period & the ensuing religious movements.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted January 14, 2003
The action, duplicities, conspiracies, intrigues and twists of fate are incredible. This book on historical figures and religious issues of the times is remarkably unbiased and exciting. It has all the potential of being made into a great film.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted May 16, 2010
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