on 27 July 2010
We were instructed to get this book as part of required reading for a uni module on the Renaissance and Reformation in Europe.
Virtually from the first I took exception to some of the views stated in the book. The idea that Western European scientific discovery overtook and outdid the discoveries by Arab/Muslim and Asian scientists, implying that it needed western European scientists to develop scientific ideas because those in East were incapable of doing so!
In fact, the attitude throughout is one in which the developments in Western Europe far outweighed any elsewhere in the world, and in fact all that was produced - including the visual arts - was far superior to that produced anywhere else.
so the book is full of fairly solid facts and chronological recitation of events, but you need to read other texts to get a fully balanced view of the period.