Mysteries of the Middle Ages

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Lords and ladies, knights and castles, kings and queens in splendor — the Middle Ages still have a hold on the 21st century imagination. An image partly romantic, partly brutal, and always good for a Monty Python laugh.

Time traveler Thomas Cahill has made himself one of the best-selling historians in history with his books "How the Irish Saved Civilization," "The Gift of the Jews" and "Sailing the Wine Dark Seas: Why the Greeks Matter."

Now he's taking on the high end of the Dark Ages — the age of Eleanor of Aquitane and Thomas Aquinas and Dante and crusades, and finding modern roots in the medieval.

This hour on Point: we go back to the Middle Ages with Thomas Cahill.

Quotes from the Show:

"There are that many disavowals of the crusades nowadays." Thomas Cahill

"Bush called the war in Iraq a crusade." Thomas Cahill

"What you have in the Middle Ages are the beginnings of romantic love." Thomas Cahill


Thomas Cahill, bestelling historian and author of "How the Irish Saved Civilization." His new book is "Mysteries of the Middle Ages: The Rise of Feminisim, Science, and Art from the Cults of Catholic Europe."

This program aired on November 17, 2006.


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