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Mysteries of the Middle Ages by Thomas Cahill
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Apr 24, 2009

it was ok
Read in May, 2009

For the most part this book was a pleasant reminder of all the Mediaeval history and literature courses I took as an undergrad. Not much new, no greater depth, etc.

Two things annoyed me.

1) Cahill over sells his premise about the roots of the modern age. It feels more like he took a couple of carefully selected stories and strung them together without exploring anything that might contradict his own view.

2) As much as I may agree with Cahill's political positions, I do not think that this book is the place for them. I am also puzzled by the fact that instead of using the final chapter to restate his thesis and explain how he has proven it, he launches into a diatribe about the child abuse involving Catholic priests.

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