The Light Ages: A Medieval Journey of Discovery

by Seb Falk

£20.00


Reserve a copy

×

Reserve a copy

Reserve a copy of The Light Ages: A Medieval Journey of Discovery for collection at Hart's Books. If you provide your email address below, we will contact you when this item is ready for collection. For delivery by post add the address to the order notes and we will be in touch to arrange payment.

History; Society

Hardback

9780241374252

Published by Penguin Books Ltd

Published September 2020

Books > History > Society

The Middle Ages were a time of wonder. They gave us the first universities, the first eyeglasses and the first mechanical clocks as medieval thinkers sought to understand the world around them, from the passing of the seasons to the stars in the sky.

In this book, we walk the path of medieval science with a real-life guide, a fourteenth-century monk named John of Westwyk – inventor, astrologer, crusader – who was educated in England’s grandest monastery and exiled to a clifftop priory. Following the traces of his life, we learn to see the natural world through Brother John’s eyes: navigating by the stars, multiplying Roman numerals, curing disease and telling the time with an astrolabe.

We travel the length and breadth of England, from Saint Albans to Tynemouth, and venture far beyond the shores of Britain. On our way, we encounter a remarkable cast of characters: the clock-building English abbot with leprosy, the French craftsman-turned-spy and the Persian polymath who founded the world’s most advanced observatory.

An enthralling story of the struggles and successes of an ordinary man and an extraordinary time, The Light Ages conjures up a vivid picture of the medieval world as we have never seen it before.

Lancaster by John Nichol | 9781471180491

Lancaster

John Nichol

£9.99

Stranger in the Shogun’s City by Amy Stanley | 9781784708139

Stranger in the Shogun’s City

Amy Stanley

£9.99

Mr Atkinson’s Rum Contract by Richard Atkinson | 9780007509232

Mr Atkinson’s Rum Contract

Richard Atkinson

£9.99

Planting the World by Jordan Goodman | 9780007578863

Planting the World

Jordan Goodman

£10.99

The White Ship by Charles Spencer | 9780008296841

The White Ship

Charles Spencer

£9.99

Exercised by Daniel Lieberman | 9780141986364

Exercised

Daniel Lieberman

£9.99