Acclaimed historian to discuss latest book Nov. 12

Go back in time on Nov. 12 when [email protected]
GreenwichLibrary will present acclaimed historian Thomas Cahill, author of the Hinges of History series at 7 p.m. in the Cole Auditorium.

Mr. Cahill will discuss his newly released book Heretics and Heroes: How Renaissance Artists and Reformation Priests Created our World. Heretics and Heroes is volume VI in the Hinges of History series, the first of which, How the Irish Saved Civilization, spent nearly two years on the New York Times bestseller list and has more than 1.25 million copies in print.

Titles in this series have become required reading in many college and university civilization courses.

In Heretics and Heroes, Mr. Cahill draws fresh portrayals of the hallmarks of history and culture — the Black Death, the Borgias, corrupt popes, the Inquisition, and the individuals, the artists, scientists and religious thinkers of the Renaissance and Reformation whose work and ideas remain vitally relevant today.

“In this remarkable sixth installment of his Hinges of History series, 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,” said Publishers Weekly.

Mr. Cahill is best known for taking on a broad scope of complex history and distilling it into a remarkably accessible and entertaining narrative. His lively, engaging writing animates cultures that existed up to five millennia ago, revealing the lives of his principal characters with refreshing insight, according to the library. He writes history, not in its usual terms of war and atrocity, but by inviting his audience into an ancient world to commune with some of the most influential people who ever lived.

Books will be available for purchase and signing through Diane’s Books at the event. This series is open to all at no charge, but seating in the Cole Auditorium is limited and will be available on a first come, first served basis.

Doors will open at 6:30 p.m. For more information, contact Marianne Weill at 203-622-7933, [email protected], or visit Greenwichlibrary.org/authorslive.

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