The worst book on the medieval period you’ll (n)ever read


I hope you won’t read William Manchester’s A World Lit Only By Fire. But if you have stumbled across this bestselling farrago of nonsense about the Middle Ages, then here is the antidote, in two (so far) parts: “A world lit only by misconceptions: part I” and “A world lit only by misconceptions: part II.” Thank you, Vaulting and Vellum, for doing this!

And for one antidote to Manchester’s mess of a book, focusing on medieval monasticism, see here.

And for a more thorough catalog of the egregious errors and ludicrous stereotypes appearing in Manchester’s book, see this post by the Medieval History Geek.

2 responses to “The worst book on the medieval period you’ll (n)ever read

  1. Chris, thanks for heads-up on this book. Sounds like garbage, so I definitely won’t waste my time on it. I’ve seen it around, but I guess my instincts told me wait on it.🙂

  2. Too bad -it’s such a cool title!

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