Thomas Cahill’s intimate and lucid approach to history brings the Renaissance and Reformation alive in the sixth volume in his Hinges of History series. The catastrophic pandemic now known as The Black Death decimated Europe in the fourteenth century and shook western society to its foundations. It also touched off an era of rapid innovation and change that lasted over two hundred years. From the late 14th to the early 17th centuries, religious pieties were overthrown, continents discovered, and sublime art created. With humor and insight, Cahill examines the fundamental, often breathtaking changes in European thought that paved the way to the modern world.
Enjoy 16th Century Renaissance lute music performed by Dan Winheld and Italian cuisine before the program. Café opens at 5:30 pm.
Thomas Cahill is the author of five previous volumes in the Hinges of History series: How the Irish Saved Civilization, the Gifts of the Jews, Desire of the Everlasting Hills, Sailing the Wine-Dark Sea, and Mysteries of the Middle Ages. He has taught at Queens College, Fordham University, and Seton Hall University, served as the North American education correspondent for the Times of London, and was for many years a regular contributor to the Los Angeles Times Book Review. He and his wife, Susan, also an author, founded the now legendary Cahill & Company. They divide their time between New York and Rome.
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Mechanics' Institute Library & Chess Room
The Mechanics' Institute Library and Chess Room is an historic membership library, cultural event center, and chess club located in the Financial District of San Francisco, California at 57 Post Street. Founded in 1854 to serve the vocational needs of out-of-work gold miners, the Institute today is a favorite of avid readers, writers, downtown employees, students, film lovers, chess players, and the 21st century nomadic worker who needs a quiet place to plug in a laptop and do research.