"The writing is crisp, conversational, and matched by very few non-fiction writers out there today. The great achievement of "Heretics and Heroes" is Cahill's seemingly effortless illumination of the Renaissance and the Reformation. I have learned a lot from what Cahill has done here." --James S. Shapiro, Professor of English and Comparative Literature, Columbia University, and author of "Contested Will: Who Wrote Shakespeare?"
"Cahill cheerfully explains the enduring value of the Renaissance and Reformation movements to 21st century Western principles, injecting humor and a conversational style into well-written and easily accessible chapters centering on controversial issues and mesmerizing personalities ... Well-chosen illustrations and discreetly placed asides clarify his arguments ... Cahill writes passionately about the era's transformational art, the unexpected benefits of the Black Plague, and the intellectual struggles over secular and papal power, resulting in an entertaining yet thought-provoking examination of Western civilization." --"Publishers Weekly", starred review
"Cahill sets his delightfully analytic mind to the major transformations prompted by the Renaissance and Reformation ... [he] makes it seem so simple to connect the dots, as the 14th through 16th centuries witnessed changes to every facet and walk of life--from the expulsion of the Moors in Spain to the emergence of nations and massive religious upheaval. The breadth of Cahill's knowledge and his jocular style of writing make for a remarkable book."--"Kirkus Reviews", starred reviewshow more