In the so called ‘Dark Ages’, it wasn’t all flat-earthers and biblical literalists. In fact, there were very few such people. There was a rich tradition of rational, even scientific, pursuit.
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Seb Falk is a historian of medieval science and medicine. His first book, The Light Ages (2020), is a wide-ranging history of medieval science, told through the life of an extraordinary monk, John of Westwyk. At each stage of John’s adventurous life as a novice and exile, crusader and inventor, we learn what he learned, seeing that the Middle Ages were far more advanced than is often assumed. The Light Ages was a Book of the Year 2020 in the United Kingdom in The Times and The Telegraph.
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- The Light Ages: A Medieval Journey of Discovery by Seb Falk.
- Why was 900 years of European history called ‘The Dark Ages’, HistoryHit.
- Atheist Delusions: The Christian Revolution and its Fashionable Enemies by David Bentley Hart (2009)
- The Etymologies of Isidore of Seville, once called a compendium of “… practically everything that is necessary to know.”
- Wheaton College Appoints Rev. Dr. John Dickson to Serve as Inaugural Kvamme Chair
- Check out this replica of Richard of Wallingford’s clock.
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