The Light Ages - Falk, Seb
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Chosen as a Book of the Year by The Times, Daily Telegraph, TLS, BBC History Magazine and Tablet
'Compulsive, brilliantly clear and superbly well-written, it's a charismatic evocation of another world' Ian Mortimer, author of The Time Traveller's Guide to Medieval England
The Middle Ages were a time of wonder. They gave us the first universities, the first eyeglasses and the first mechanical clocks as medieval thinkers sought to understand the world around them, from the passing of the seasons to the stars in the sky.
In this book, we walk the path of medieval science with a
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Chosen as a Book of the Year by The Times, Daily Telegraph, TLS, BBC History Magazine and Tablet

'Compulsive, brilliantly clear and superbly well-written, it's a charismatic evocation of another world' Ian Mortimer, author of The Time Traveller's Guide to Medieval England

The Middle Ages were a time of wonder. They gave us the first universities, the first eyeglasses and the first mechanical clocks as medieval thinkers sought to understand the world around them, from the passing of the seasons to the stars in the sky.

In this book, we walk the path of medieval science with a real-life guide, a fourteenth-century monk named John of Westwyk - inventor, astrologer, crusader - who was educated in England's grandest monastery and exiled to a clifftop priory. Following the traces of his life, we learn to see the natural world through Brother John's eyes: navigating by the stars, multiplying Roman numerals, curing disease and telling the time with an astrolabe.

We travel the length and breadth of England, from Saint Albans to Tynemouth, and venture far beyond the shores of Britain. On our way, we encounter a remarkable cast of characters: the clock-building English abbot with leprosy, the French craftsman-turned-spy and the Persian polymath who founded the world's most advanced observatory.

An enthralling story of the struggles and successes of an ordinary man and an extraordinary time, The Light Ages conjures up a vivid picture of the medieval world as we have never seen it before.

  • Produktdetails
  • Verlag: Penguin / Penguin Books UK
  • Artikelnr. des Verlages: 462711
  • Seitenzahl: 391
  • Erscheinungstermin: 10. Juni 2021
  • Englisch
  • Abmessung: 200mm x 129mm x 27mm
  • Gewicht: 319g
  • ISBN-13: 9780141989679
  • ISBN-10: 014198967X
  • Artikelnr.: 60160006
Autorenporträt
Falk, SebSeb Falk is a historian and lecturer at Cambridge University. In 2016 he was named as a BBC New Generation Thinker. This is his first book.
Rezensionen
Stunning: both exquisitely written and so very clever. By following the life of one little-known monk, John of Westwyk, Falk opens up for us the sophisticated and utterly different ways in which people in the Middle Ages thought and makes us question our assumptions about the medieval past. Suzannah Lipscomb BBC History Magazine Books of the Year