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The Medieval Mindset

The Discarded Image: An Introduction to Medieval and Renaissance Literature (Canto) - C.S. Lewis

C S Lewis' introduction to Medieval and Renaissance literature focuses on the medieval world view. He outlines medieval cosmology, beliefs about humanity and attitudes to the classical past and to scholarship in general, summarising the principal classical and late classical/early medieval authors through whose work the seminal ideas of the period were transmitted.

Lewis was a natural teacher and his explanations are refreshingly free from the obscurism that is so prevalent in much literary criticism. It's not an easy book to read since it expects a level of cultural awareness that by no means universal nowadays. I found I needed the aid of Wikipedia and the Concise Oxford Dictionary on more than one occasion.

Nevertheless, I found this a very rewarding read and I was a little surprised to realise how much of my mindset is completely medieval.