The Rise of Feminism, Science, and Art from the Cults of Catholic Europe
Nan A. Talese/Doubleday, $32.50, 368 pp.
Of the Middle Ages, medieval men and women knew nothing. Of the notion so familiar to us, the existence of a sort of middling period of history stretching from the decline of Rome to the movements we know as Renaissance and Reformation, their minds were totally innocent. They failed to apprehend either the discontinuity of their own age with the classical past or to foresee the disjunctions that lay in the future. We ourselves, of course...
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