Thomas Cahill: Heretics and Heroes (2014)

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Thomas Cahill: Heretics and Heroes, one of the Talks and Screenings at the Folger, was held Monday, September 8, 2014 at 7:30pm in the Folger's Elizabethan Theatre.

Thomas Cahill

The bestselling author Thomas Cahill discusses his new book, Heretics and Heroes: How Renaissance Artists and Reformation Priests Created Our World.

Thomas Cahill

In Volume VI of his acclaimed Hinges of History series, Thomas Cahill guides us through a time so full of innovation that the Western world would not again experience its like until the twentieth century: the new humanism of the Renaissance and the radical religious alterations of the Reformation.

This was an age where whole continents and peoples were discovered. It was an era of sublime artistic and scientific adventure, but also of newly powerful princes and armies—and of unprecedented courage, as thousands refused to bow their heads to the religious pieties of the past. In these exquisitely written and lavishly illustrated pages, Cahill illuminates, as no one else can, the great gift-givers who shaped our history—those who left us a world more varied and complex, more awesome and delightful, more beautiful and strong than the one they had found.