What is the book A World Lit Only by Fire by William Manchester about?I can't really understand/ grasp the way the author is describing the events that are going on in the plot. Can...

What is the book A World Lit Only by Fire by William Manchester about?

I can't really understand/ grasp the way the author is describing the events that are going on in the plot. Can someone please help me understand the events and the sarcastic attitude of the brilliant William Manchester? I am hopelessly lost in the translation.

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This book is basically about the fact that William Manchester believes in the old way of looking at the Middle Ages.  Historians once called these the "Dark Ages" because they were supposed to have been a time during which the world was stuck in the darkness of ignorance.  This came between two more enlightened periods, the Roman Empire and the Renaissance.  This view is no longer adhered to by the great majority of historians.

However, Manchester does still hold this view.  This (along with the fact that he is trying to write in a way that will sound interesting to the casual reader) is why his book sounds so sarcastic.  Manchester clearly believes that the people of the Middle Ages were a benighted group whose ignorance and squalid lives were appalling.

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