A lively and fascinating narrative history about the birth of the
Beginning in the heady days just after the First Crusade, this
volume―the third in the series that began with The History of the
Ancient World and The History of the Medieval World―chronicles
the contradictions of a world in transition. Popes continue to
preach crusade, but the hope of a Christian empire comes to a
bloody end at the walls of Constantinople. Aristotelian logic and
Greek rationality blossom while the Inquisition gathers strength.
As kings and emperors continue to insist on their divine rights,
ordinary people all over the world seize power: the lingayats of
India, the Jacquerie of France, the Red Turbans of China, and the
peasants of England.
New threats appear, as the Ottomans emerge from a tiny Turkish
village and the Mongols ride out of the East to set the world on
fire. New currencies are forged, new weapons invented, and
world-changing catastrophes alter the landscape: the Little Ice
Age and the Great Famine kill millions; the Black Death, millions
more. In the chaos of these epoch-making events, our own world
begins to take shape.
Impressively researched and brilliantly told, The History of the
Renaissance World offers not just the names, dates, and facts but
the memorable characters who illuminate the years between 1100
and 1453―years that marked a sea change in mankind’s perception
of the world.
22 illustrations, 96 maps