Thirteenth Greatest of Centuries

James J. Walsh

“Dr. Walsh comes forward in this volume, laden with the results of omnivorous reading, and lays his treasures, in almost boundless profusion, at the feet of his audience.” —Catholic World

All the great issues, forces, and institutions of the thirteenth century are reviewed at generous length—the rise and character, the curricula, and the influences of the early universities; the steps taken towards popular education, both literary and technical; the development of letters; the great books and the great writers of the period; the Latin hymns of the church; Thomas Aquinas, Dante, the Golden Legend, the Romance of the Rose, Jocelyn de Brakelond, Matthew Paris, and Vincent of Beauvais; hospitals; famous women; Marco Polo and the story of geographical exploration; the systematization of law; and the beginnings of modern commerce.

As an interesting and accurate account of medievalism, with its intensity, its enthusiasm, its devotion, as well as its narrowness and exclusiveness, this volume may be read with pleasure and profit.

James Joseph Walsh (1865–1942) was an American physician and author. He was born in New York City and graduated in 1884 from Fordham College, where he also earned a Ph.D. in 1892. He earned an M.D. from the University of Pennsylvania in 1895. As a writer, he contributed to the New International Encyclopedia and was the author of several popular books, such as Makers of Electricity (1909) and Makers of Modern Medicine (1910).

Thirteenth Greatest of Centuries
560 pages
$29.00 US
ISBN: 978-0-979660-72-6
Published: July 2007
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