William Manchester's A World Lit Only By Fire: The Medieval Mind And The Renaissance

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William Manchester’s A World Lit Only By Fire: The Medieval Mind and The Renaissance indepthly describes the lives of the commonfolk, the nobility, and the Catholic Church. Each lived very different lives from each other yet still shared similar aspects. The commonfolk were poor, limited to less than basic hygiene, lacked a respectable education, and were ruled by Christian dogma. Heretics were burned at the stake; no one dared to oppose the Catholic church. The people were “Shackled in ignorance, disciplined by fear and sheathed in superstition, they trudged into the sixteenth century in the clumsy, hunched, pigeon-toed gait of rickets victims, their vacant faces, pocked by smallpox, turned blindly towards the future that they thought they knew- gullible, pitiful innocents…” (27). The time before the Renaissance was an age of darkness, when there was no development in the arts and sciences. The Church itself was corrupt yet painted to be innocent, as well as the monarchy, which was much more publicly known to covet scandalous …show more content…
The commonfolk lived simple lives in crowded streets, dying as nobodies. The nobility feasted throughout their days, and lived for entertainment. They all were enveloped in their own lives full of illegitimate children and rich parties. The Catholic church was depicted to be innocent in the midst of all this corruption, but they were just as much guilty. The popes around this time were far from innocent. All of this corruption enabled the start of the Renaissance, which would very much tried to be stopped but would explode even bigger and bring change to the world with new artists, authors, explorers, reformists, and humanists. A World Lit Only By Fire: The Medieval Mind and The Renaissance by William Manchester dives deeply into the lives of those who lived during medieval

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