The Mind of the Middle Ages, A.D. 200-1500: An Historical Survey

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CHAPTER VII
Learning (I)
THE IMPETUS TO A NEW LIFE
SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY
PHILOSOPHY FROM ANSELM TO FICINO

I. THE IMPETUS TO A NEW LIFE

THE TENTH and eleventh centuries show western Europe everywhere awakening to a new life. No longer does the story of Latin Christendom seem to be merely later chapters of a dying antiquity. On all sides, one sees western Europe, in politics, in economic affairs, in religious activity, and in culture, reaching out to produce an original civilization of its own. Centralized national governments in Germany, France, and England began to show progress in curbing feudal anarchy, and they began to develop systems of local administration that brought the king's law, the king's ability to raise troops for his army, and the king's right to collect taxes into the local district. Already there is underway, by the end of the eleventh century, that process of the "conquest of a kingdom by its kings" which Lavisse made a central thread in the history of a mediaeval France. At the same time that the king's power is extended into the local district there is taking place a reorganization and departmentalization of the administration of the central government. The process of royal and national consolidation went on, with many advances and many setbacks, in the six cen

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Table of contents

Table of contents

  • Title Page iii
  • Preface to First Edition vii
  • Acknowledgments x
  • Contents xi
  • Illustrations xiv
  • Acknowledgments xiv
  • Part One - The Dominance of the East 1
  • Chapter I - The Classical Backgrounds of Mediaeval Christianity 3
  • Chapter II - The Jewish and Early Christian Sources of Mediaeval Faith 39
  • Chapter III - The Patristic Age, 2nd-5th Centuries 64
  • Chapter IV - Byzantine Civilization 95
  • Chapter V - Islamic Civilization 132
  • Chapter VI - The Latin West, 5th-10th Centuries 179
  • Part Two - The Revival of the West, 1000-1500 223
  • Chapter VII - Learning (I) 225
  • Chapter VIII - Learning (II) 270
  • Chapter IX - Literature (I) 320
  • Chapter X - Literature (II) 355
  • Chapter XI - Art and Music 384
  • Chapter XII - Underlying Attitudes 419
  • Epilogue 443
  • Notes 456
  • Bibliographical Notes 503
  • Index 559
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