After the long period of cultural decline known as the Dark Ages, Europe experienced a rebirth of scholarship, art, literature, philosophy, and science and began to develop a vision of Western society that remains at the heart of Western civilization today. On visits to the great cities of Europe--monumental Rome; the intellectually explosive Paris of Peter Abelard and Thomas Aquinas; the hotbed of scientific study that was Oxford; and the incomparable Florence of Dante and Giotto--Cahill captures the spirit of experimentation, the colorful pageantry, and the passionate pursuit of knowledge that built the foundations for the modern world.--From publisher description.
Thomas Cahill hat bei einigen der angesehensten Literaturwissenschaftler und Bibelgelehrten studiert, u.a. am New York's Union Theological Seminary und am Jewish Theological Seminary of America. Der frühere Leiter des theologischen Programms von Doubleday lebt in New York.