Out of the Flames: The Remarkable Story of a Fearless Scholar, a Fatal Heresy, and One of the Rarest Books in the World
Michael Servetus is one of those hidden figureheads of history who is remembered not for his name, but for the revolutionary deeds that stand in his place. Both a scientist and a freethinking theologian, Servetus is credited with the discovery of pulmonary circulation in the human body as well as the authorship of a polemical masterpiece that cost him his life. The Chrisit...more
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I love everything I've read by the Goldstones and this is starting out as no exception. They begin with a fascinating account of Gutenberg's invention (his patron Johann Fust attempted to take all the credit for it) of movable type. He did more than just that though, inventing the ink and a new press, as well. I was struck by the fact that he presented some of his first printed books at the Frankfurt Book Fair in 1640. I had the good fortune to atten ...more
This is a well-researched but dramatic and interesting telling of the life and death of Michael Servetus--and the 450 year history of his written works. The authors do an amazing job of putting his story (and his heretical ideas) in the context of religious ideological wars, the scientific and social revolutions in Europe caused by books, and the h ...more
It was well worth the wait. "Out of the Flames" is a page-turner that tells the story of Michael Servetus, a 16th-century Spanish physician and t ...more
Out of the Flames is certainly a fascinating tale of one man, Michel Servetus, a Spanish Physician, whose theories about philo ...more
- William Osler, 1909
Michael Servetus, born Miguel Serveto, was the kind of man -- or better, the kind of human -- that none of us will truly ever be. Most of us will never reach the level of learning or the sheer mastery of scholarship he attained. Most of us, thankfully, will never face the trials he did, ...more
What does it mean to think for yourself? Do we have freedom of conscience? In what are our cho ...more
Nevertheless, a worthwhile book to peruse for anyone interested in the forces tha ...more
That was a great “sticker” of a line from Out of the Flames: The Remarkable Story of a Fearless Scholar, a Fatal Heresy, and One of the Rarest Books in the World (I also particularly liked their use of “outmonked”), but after reading the book, I am tempted to add that books are also the rivers from which the sea of history emanates.
I say that because so much of this particular story hangs on the way knowledge is disseminated through, and built upon, ...more
The story of Servetus is probably one I should know but I didn't. More importantly, I knew bits and pieces of John Calvin's life and many of the other players of this story but this book traces a different side I don't often get to read about.
In the end, the tragic tale of Servetus serves as a warning to all who would th ...more
that took forever.
In all honesty, though, this book wasn't bad. It was actually really interesting. I have never heard about this Servetus guy before but now that I have I'm interested. He went through all these trials and he never let go of his beliefs. That's brave. Also, his whole tragic life was almost lost to history. This whole book is a testament to the importance of books, which is cool when you think about it. In additi ...more
Otherwise, pivotal information regarding how we got to the world we live in today (Gutenberg, European culture wars, rise of university scholarship) and the ultimate incompetence of evil.
The real lesson in this work, if you search for truth, you can find it.
having read previous works by nancy goldstone i was intrigued and much eager to begin this one when i found it at my local library.
what a gem of a book this is! written by two clear lovers of books and history it brilliantly tells the tale of one michael servetus, spanish by birth, whos ...more
In that class, I also got the strong notion that John Calvin, despite being strict, was a "cool dude". I mean, the textbook said he totally invented a whole new religious sect! How flippin' amazing is that???
I never once heard of the name Servetus.
Of course, that class was certainly enjoyable, and I'm not trying to invalidate that.
However, knowing that there are plenty of people in history like S ...more
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