Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Mysteries of the Middle Ages: The Rise of Feminism, Science, and Art from the Cults of Catholic Europe

This book is not a "history", but more a cherry-picking of historical events to fit modern sensibilities. At times the author attempts to show restraint and not go too far overboard with unproven speculation. However, he is more than willing to make absolute pronouncements without even considering the other side. Catholic doctrines and people that he doesn't like are just dismissed as poppycock, while those small ones that he likes are built up to be super important. The end of the book drifts in to a seemingly unrelated diatribe against modern priestly celibacy and abuse.

The work is not really revisionist history, but more "refocussed" history. The author attempts to bring out lesser known bits of history to buttress his view of modern society. There are a few good bits of the "lesser-known" history. But the strong bias and arrogant rambling of the narrative are a huge distraction.

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