Heretics and Heroes

“Though he died in his bed in 1384, he was convicted of heresy by a church council in 1428.  His remains were dug up at the command of Pope Martin V, burned, and cast into the River Swift.”

What the … ?


Thomas Cahill’s 300-page tome promises to be another page-turner, surveying “How Renaissance Artists and Reformation Priests Created Our World.”  It’s what I’m reading now, and if the first tenth is indication, it’ll be another great study in human knowing, being and relating.  Truth really is stranger and more entertaining than fiction.

Here’s a list of the sections:

  •   New Worlds for Old
  •   The Invention of Human Beauty
  •   New Thoughts for New Worlds (where we find “deviant monks”)
  •   Reformation!
  •   Intermission: Il Buono, Il Brutto, Il Cattivo
  •   Protestant Pictures
  •   Christian vs. Christian
  •   Human Love

It’s a really rich read.  Heretics and Heroes.

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