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.
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. 🙂
Too bad -it’s such a cool title!