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‘The Light Ages’ argues for a rebranding of the medieval period

“Positively medieval” has been a choice put-down for years. But University of Cambridge historian Seb Falk, in his irresistible new book “The Light Ages: The Surprising Story of Medieval Science,” maintains a certain impatience with that usage. 

“Medieval” shouldn’t be an insult at all, he argues. Instead, he wants readers to discover the scientific inquiry that existed during the so-called Dark Ages. 

According to Falk, this period

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