I liked Will in the World: How Shakespeare Became Shakespeare
so I figured I'd give this a try. The subtitle is ... a little ... exaggerated perhaps? "How a recovered classical poem influenced generations of important thinkers" would probably be more accurate than "How the world became modern."
Also, there are some issues with sourcing. A lot of assuming that one knows things, but also, some things are simply left out. It's not at all fair to assume that the general reader knows that gestural or sign languages was used in monastery libraries, and that therefore there's no need to provide a source.
The perspective here is very secular. If you are Christian this book will probably rub you the wrong way in spots. I could go on a rant about how this book seems to have a hostile-to-religion slant that bugs me, though I am not religious myself, but time is short so I won't just now.