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“Spanning from the end of the Roman Empire in 500 CE to the early Enlightenment, Freeman traces key shifts in intellectual development, including theological, philosophical, political, and artistic arcs, meticulously following the threads of classical Greek and Roman thinkers as they became woven into the fabric of Western thought . . . Considered, comprehensive . . . As ambitious as it is informative, this will have historians of all stripes rapt.”
Publishers Weekly

“Nuanced . . . thought-provoking . . . a transparently personal work built around particular geographies, thinkers, and epiphanies that have animated Freeman’s rich intellectual life.”

“The subject of this stimulating and erudite book is nothing less than the development of the Western mind from the demise of classical civilization in the fifth century AD, through the Middle Ages and Renaissance, to the Scientific Revolution of the seventeenth century. A work of serious scholarship by an author who has clearly been everywhere, seen everything and read voraciously. But it is also a work written with great elan and, given its scope, undertaken with considerable courage … An arrestingly clear design, combined with numerous judiciously chosen illustrations, completes an extraordinary achievement.”
—Christopher Lloyd, Surveyor of the Queen’s Pictures, 1988-2005
The Awakening recounts the slow evolution of Western thought that restored legitimacy to independent examination and analysis, that eventually led to a celebration, albeit a cautious one, of reason over blind faith. In the process, Freeman reminds us that quality, engaging narrative history has not gone extinct, while demonstrating that it is possible to produce a work that is so well-written it is readable by a general audience while meeting the rigorous standards of scholarship demanded by academia.”
—Stan Prager
“A very timely book and an excellently written and produced one. Freeman is a good host, a superb narrator and tells his story with aplomb … His elegant prose is a treat for the mind and the accompanying illuminations a treat for the eye.”
International Times
“Freeman makes us realize why the twelve centuries between late Antiquity and early Modernity remain urgently relevant to the world of the twenty-first century.”
—Paul Cartledge, AG Leventis Professor of Greek Culture Emeritus, University of Cambridge

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