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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (4,501 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: William Manchester Narrator: Barrett Whitener Publisher: Blackstone Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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The preeminent popular history of civilization’s rebirth after the Dark Ages

From tales of chivalrous knights to the barbarity of trial by ordeal, no era has been a greater source of awe, horror, and wonder than the Middle Ages. In handsomely crafted prose and with the grace and authority of his extraordinary gift for narrative history, William Manchester leads us from a civilization tottering on the brink of collapse to the grandeur of its rebirth, the Renaissance, a dense explosion of energy that spawned some of history’s greatest poets, philosophers, and painters, as well as some of its most spectacular villains.

One of the most volatile periods of western history witnessed the passing of the Dark Ages and the dawning of the Renaissance, illuminated by magnificent scientific and artistic achievements and spectacular leaps of thought and imagination. Manchester’s narrative weaves together extraordinary figures, varied elements, and accomplishments of the period.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Manchester provides easy access to a fascinating age when our modern mentality was just being born.”

    Chicago Tribune

  • “Lively and engaging, full of exquisite details and anecdotes that transform this period—usually murky—into a comprehensive tableau.”

    Dallas Morning News

  • “A captivating, marvelously vivid popular history that humanizes the tumultuous span from the Dark Ages to the dawn of the Renaissance.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “Manchester has not forgotten the skills that, with invective, eloquence, and anecdote, make him a master storyteller.”

    Kirkus Reviews

  • “An absorbing and readable history.”

    School Library Journal

Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Ken | 2/19/2014

    " Manchester took a challenging project and made it a very readable and interesting book. It was as good the second time around as the first time, years ago. Probably not for diehard Roman Catholics who do not challenge the status quo. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Tom Darrow | 2/13/2014

    " Extremely dry and eleitist in its language. He uses far too many dollar words when the quarter word would have improved the clarity much more. It's good research and scholarly, but very hard to read. I actually give my advanced world history students (9th grade) a 10-page section of this book at the start of the year. The purpose is twofold... 1) give them a decent background on the middle ages (because the class starts in the Renaissance) and 2) knock a few of the weaker kids out of the class. It works on both counts every year. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Jeff Rocklin | 2/11/2014

    " Historical. The Middle Ages, 600 years from A.D. 400 to A.D. 1000. Fairly Amazing. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 by Meg | 1/26/2014

    " Contains blatant falsehoods and misinformation. See page 200. "

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