This attractive survey of vital works from past due antiquity to the start of the Renaissance unearths the intensity of proposal 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 usually intended; that poets of this period have been as subtle and nuanced as their old opposite numbers; and that writers of this time expected many of the strains of inquiry that gave upward thrust 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 energetic review of a flourishing period, usually devalued in our time as a benighted interval of historical past, will deliver a brand new appreciation to the numerous accomplishments of the center a while.

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