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Those Terrible Middle Ages! - Debunking The Myths

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Those Terrible Middle Ages!

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As she examines the many misconceptions about the "Middle Ages", the renown French historian, Regine Pernoud, gives the reader a refreshingly original persepective on many subjects, both historical (from the Inquisition and witchcraft trials to a comparison of Gothic and Renaissance creative inspiration) as well as eminently modern (from law and the place of women in society to the importance of history and tradition, with practical suggestions for education). Here are fascinating insights, based on Pernoud's sound knowledge and extensive experience as an archivist at the French National Archives. The book will be provocative for the general reader as well as a helpful resource for teachers of most levels of education.

Scorned for centuries, although lauded by the Romantics, these thousand years of history have most often been concealed behind the dark clouds of ignorance: Why, didn't godiche (clumsy, oafish) come from gothique (Gothic)? Doesn't "feudal" refer to the most hopeless obscurantism? Isn't "Medieval" applied to dust-covered, outmoded things?

Thanks to this book, the old varnish is stripped away and a thousand years of history finally emerge - the "Middle Ages" are dead, long live the Middle Ages!

"Regine Pernoud, in the clear light of her vast knowledge as a historian, thrashes the ignorant, smashing their errors and the generally accepted ideas about the Middle Ages."
- Jean Prasteau, Le Figaro

"After so many errors and excesses, the sound of Regine Pernoud's fist on the table is a healthy thing."
- Ginette Guitard-Auviste, Le Monde

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