By Frank McLynn

If ever there has been a 12 months of future for the British Isles, 1066 should have a powerful declare. King Harold confronted invasion not only from William and the Normans around the English Channel yet from the Dane, King Harald Hardrada. prior to he confronted the Normans at Hastings in October, he had defeated the Danes at York and Stamford Bridge in September.

In this fantastically researched research, Frank McLynn overturns long-accepted myths, displaying how William’s victory on the conflict of Hastings was once now not, in reality, a sure bet, and arguing that Harald Hardrada was once truly the best warrior of the 3. it is a masterly research, and divulges the reality to be extra fascinating than the myths surrounding this pivotal 12 months in background.

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The Dominican Tommaso Campanella (1568–1639) is one of the last great philosophers of the Renaissance in the Ficinian tradition (De sensu rerum et magia, 1620). To these names should be added, of course, those of Francis Bacon (1561–1626; Novum Organum, 1620; Sylva silvarum, 1627); and Giordano Bruno (1548–1600; section I, 1), a Copernican marked by Alexandrian Hermetism and champion of a religious irenicism. In his occult philosophy of Nature, Bruno makes little room for the angelic world; and it was not his books of magic (Sigillus sigillorum, 1583; De Imaginum .

3. Homo Universalis: Activity, Dignity, and Synthesis Thanks to thinkers such as Pico and Ficino, the Renaissance, at its beginnings, discovered original horizons, like Hermetism and Jewish Kabbalah. Ways of stepping back from the cultural and spiritual fields inherited from the Middle Ages, philosophia perennis and Christian Kabbalah further expressed the need to practice a “concordance” of various traditions worldwide and favored the tendency to imagine corespondences at play on all levels of reality.

Of the Speculum naturale of Vincent of Beauvais, 1245, or the De proprietatibus rerum of Bartholomaeus Anglicus, ca. 1230). However, there also are “sums” appearing as systems of thought, as grand philosophical syntheses. Not all of them are part of this tendency, as for example, that of Thomas Aquinas. The work of the Calabrian abbot Joachim da Fiore (ca. 1135– 1202), who distinguishes three great periods of Universal History (the reign of the Father, that of the Son, and that—yet to come—of the Holy Spirit), would enjoy a considerable vogue in modern times, in particular by the use that philosophers of History would make of it.

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