Mysteries of the Middle Ages: The Rise of Feminism, Science, and Art
from the Cults of Catholic Europe
by Thomas Cahill
(368 pages, $32.50, hardcover)
reviewed by Robert C. Cheeks
Sometimes civilization progresses both intellectually and spiritually, argued the philosopher Eric Voegelin, as it did in the High Middle Ages. But for us, “the general deculturation of the academic and intellectual world in Western civilization” has effected “the social dominance of opinions that would be laughed out of court in the late Middle Ages.”
An author who has closely examined this period, and does not laugh its insights out of court, is historian, . . .