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This attractive survey of significant works from overdue antiquity to the start of the Renaissance finds the intensity of suggestion and the range of expression that characterised the center a long time. Michael Kellogg demonstrates that medieval concept owes way more to historical philosophy than is mostly intended; that poets of this period have been as refined and nuanced as their historic opposite numbers; and that writers of this time expected lots of the traces of inquiry that gave upward push to the Renaissance.

The writer examines philosophical treatises, memoirs, letters, stories, romances, and epics, documenting the original array of evolving matters that drove the medieval look for knowledge. one of the authors and works mentioned are Augustine's Confessions; Boethius's Consolation of Philosophy; Beowulf; the writings of Abelard and Heloise, Francis of Assisi, and Thomas Aquinas; the Song of Roland; the Arthurian romances of Chrétien de Troyes; Dante's Divine Comedy; and the stories of Boccaccio and Chaucer.

Written for the lay reader, this vigorous evaluate of a flourishing period, usually devalued in our time as a benighted interval of heritage, will carry a brand new appreciation to the numerous accomplishments of the center a while.

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