Out of the Flames The Remarkable Story of a Fearless Scholar a Fatal Heresy and One of the Rarest Books in the World Michael Servetus is one of those hidden figureheads of history who is remembered not for his name but for the revolutionary deeds that stand in his place Both a scientist and a freethinking theologia

  • Title: Out of the Flames: The Remarkable Story of a Fearless Scholar, a Fatal Heresy, and One of the Rarest Books in the World
  • Author: Lawrence Goldstone Nancy Goldstone
  • ISBN: 9780767908375
  • Page: 497
  • Format: Paperback
  • Michael Servetus is one of those hidden figureheads of history who is remembered not for his name, but for the revolutionary deeds that stand in his place Both a scientist and a freethinking theologian, Servetus is credited with the discovery of pulmonary circulation in the human body as well as the authorship of a polemical masterpiece that cost him his life The ChrisitMichael Servetus is one of those hidden figureheads of history who is remembered not for his name, but for the revolutionary deeds that stand in his place Both a scientist and a freethinking theologian, Servetus is credited with the discovery of pulmonary circulation in the human body as well as the authorship of a polemical masterpiece that cost him his life The Chrisitianismi Restituto, a heretical work of biblical scholarship, written in 1553, aimed to refute the orthodox Christianity that Servetus old colleague, John Calvin, supported After the book spread through the ranks of Protestant hierarchy, Servetus was tried and agonizingly burned at the stake, the last known copy of the Restitutio chained to his leg.Servetus s execution is significant because it marked a turning point in the quest for freedom of expression, due largely to the development of the printing press and the proliferation of books in Renaissance Europe Three copies of the Restitutio managed to survive the burning, despite every effort on the part of his enemies to destroy them As a result, the book became almost a surrogate for its author, going into hiding and relying on covert distribution until it could be read freely, centuries later Out of the Flames tracks the history of this special work, examining Servetus s life and times and the politics of the first information during the sixteenth century Lawrence and Nancy Goldstone follow the clandestine journey of the three copies through the subsequent centuries and explore its author s legacy and influence over the thinkers that shared his spirit and genius, such as Leibniz, Voltaire, Rousseau, Jefferson, Clarence Dorrow, and William Osler.Out of the Flames is an extraordinary story providing testament to the power of ideas, the enduring legacy of books, and the triumph of individual courage.

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    1. 1/17/12 - Just realized I forgot to rate this.I love everything I've read by the Goldstones and this is starting out as no exception. They begin with a fascinating account of Gutenberg's invention (his patron Johann Fust attempted to take all the credit for it) of movable type. He did more than just that though, inventing the ink and a new press, as well. I was struck by the fact that he presented some of his first printed books at the Frankfurt Book Fair in 1640. I had the good fortune to atten [...]

    2. Seriously--I cannot recommend this book highly enough, it is FACINATING and keeps your attention--not boring at ALL (believe me, I know from bording)!This is a well-researched but dramatic and interesting telling of the life and death of Michael Servetus--and the 450 year history of his written works. The authors do an amazing job of putting his story (and his heretical ideas) in the context of religious ideological wars, the scientific and social revolutions in Europe caused by books, and the h [...]

    3. "History is an Ocean that books help us navigate. It is the permenence of the printed word that has allowed ideas to travel from place to place, from age to age. It is easy to dismiss the sixteenth century as the distant past, but Servetus, Calvin, Luther, Erasmus, Charles, Francis and the rest were dealing with the forces of an emerging technology much as we are today." Out of the Flames is certainly a fascinating tale of one man, Michel Servetus, a Spanish Physician, whose theories about philo [...]

    4. n 2002, I read a review in Salon of "Out of the Flames: The Remarkable Story of a Fearless Scholar, a Fatal Heresy, and One of the Rarest Books in the World", and I was determined to read it as soon as I could. Well, there are a lot of good books out there, so I didn't get around to picking up a copy until this spring, and I finally read it this summer.It was well worth the wait. "Out of the Flames" is a page-turner that tells the story of Michael Servetus, a 16th-century Spanish physician and t [...]

    5. I read this for a class, but it's an excellent work of nonfiction. It follows a scholar who was burned at the stake in the 1500s for his heretical writings, the invention of the Gutenberg printing press, the start of the Reformation and some of the greatest minds in the last 500 years. I enjoyed the writing so much that I plan to read several more books by this husband-and-wife writing team. "Out of the Flames" is a good companion to William Manchester's "A World Lit Only by Fire," which is also [...]

    6. "In a tragic age, [Michael] Servetus played an unusually tragic part, and the pathos of his fate appeals strongly to us he remained faithful unto death to what he believed was The Truth."- William Osler, 1909Michael Servetus, born Miguel Serveto, was the kind of man -- or better, the kind of human -- that none of us will truly ever be. Most of us will never reach the level of learning or the sheer mastery of scholarship he attained. Most of us, thankfully, will never face the trials he did, or [...]

    7. So I read another rather interesting book latelyother that I would have never chosen on my own but it was recommended by a co-worker and he hasn't steered me wrong yet. =) It was non-fiction - basically about a book that was almost lost to us forever. But it was about SOOOO much more. It takes place during the reformation and I have to tell you that it's made me want to do so much more reading on this period of time. I mean, I knew about Pope Leo and I knew about the Medici family but I had NO i [...]

    8. What is it to think for yourself in the face of violent opposition? Well researched and well written!!! This delectable and wicked historical narrative places the reader firmly into the late Medieval period and the Reformation, a time when the most subversive thing you could do was to read the Bible and interpret it for yourself, when only the clergy or self-appointed prophets were allowed to do so. What does it mean to think for yourself? Do we have freedom of conscience? In what are our choice [...]

    9. Quite the fascinating perspective on life -- and death -- in the time of the early availability of printing, John Calvin, and the Inquisition. On one hand, the author does a superb job painting a picture of the forces at work at the time as well as key individuals and institutions. On the other hand, the story is of suppression of free thought in the most brutal manner possible, which certainly colored my reaction. Nevertheless, a worthwhile book to peruse for anyone interested in the forces tha [...]

    10. Please give my review a helpful vote - amazon/review/R17Y500Michael Servetus was a 16th century polymath. He was born in Spain in 1511, demonstrated a gift for learning in his childhood, given a first-rate education, and was part of the entourage at Charles V's coronation in 1530. At 20, Servetus went AWOl from the court of Charles V and professed Protestantism. Servetus's Protestantism was a Protestantism with a difference in that he was - or may have - been influenced by the vestigial Jewish [...]

    11. this is the story of Michael Servetus, burned at the stake by John Calvin for heresy as he didn't believe in the Trinity. he believed that Christ was A son of God, not the son of Godthis is fascinating history, especially for Unitarians, engagingly told

    12. "History is a sea that books help us navigate”That was a great “sticker” of a line from Out of the Flames: The Remarkable Story of a Fearless Scholar, a Fatal Heresy, and One of the Rarest Books in the World (I also particularly liked their use of “outmonked”), but after reading the book, I am tempted to add that books are also the rivers from which the sea of history emanates.I say that because so much of this particular story hangs on the way knowledge is disseminated through, and bu [...]

    13. I found this book particularly interesting. I knew nothing about Servetus before reading it but feel I have had a very good, wide-ranging introduction to the man. The book title may be a little misleading in some respects though because it actually doesn't deal in any great depth with the contents of the book itself. It covers when and why it was written and the circumstances of the time but it barely covers the contents so you would not be any the wiser on Servetus' academic views on the Trinit [...]

    14. This is my favorite kind of book: an easy read, a slice of history, the story of a person I don't know well, and an intriguing search for possibly the rarest book in the world. The story of Servetus is probably one I should know but I didn't. More importantly, I knew bits and pieces of John Calvin's life and many of the other players of this story but this book traces a different side I don't often get to read about. In the end, the tragic tale of Servetus serves as a warning to all who would th [...]

    15. IM DONE! HAHAHAHAHA (that is a laugh directed at AP Euro teachers) that took forever. In all honesty, though, this book wasn't bad. It was actually really interesting. I have never heard about this Servetus guy before but now that I have I'm interested. He went through all these trials and he never let go of his beliefs. That's brave. Also, his whole tragic life was almost lost to history. This whole book is a testament to the importance of books, which is cool when you think about it. In additi [...]

    16. An excellent book about Michael Servetus, who was burned as a heretic, at the hands of John Calvin of all people, and then traces the paths of the last three remaining copies of the book that led to his condemnation. It's really a Who's Who of 400 years of history just before, during and after the Reformation and Enlightenment eras. The influence of Servetus is even traced to the U.S thru Unitarianism, which is rooted in Servetus' book and promotes radical ideas against the concept of the Trinit [...]

    17. I really, really, really liked this book. It's about Michael Servetus, the who founded the movement that would become the Unitarians. Basically, he wrote a book, which Calvin found heretical, he was burned for it, his books were burned for it, but Calvin kept his copy, and that is one of the something like four copies that exist today. The book spoke out about the non-biblical origin of the trinity, that it was wrong to baptize babies and other things that didn't jive with the established dogma [...]

    18. This is a fascinating book about an obscure but significant person whose story was snuffed out by the power of censorship. I loved the way the authors researched an extremely rare book and traced the ideas of the author into publication and eventual destruction. I particularly love their description of the new invention of the printed word, and the disruption this invention caused in the society of the time.

    19. This is one of those books that make you feel like you are getting the BIG picture. It pulls so many things together: the history of printing and the book,the march of religious orthodoxy and its critics, medicine, geography, wars and rumors of wars throughout the centuries in Europe I could not put it down. It kept me up way past any reasonable bedtime, and then kept me awake thinking about it.

    20. If the editors synopsis doesn't interest you then move on, not for you.Otherwise, pivotal information regarding how we got to the world we live in today (Gutenberg, European culture wars, rise of university scholarship) and the ultimate incompetence of evil. The real lesson in this work, if you search for truth, you can find it.

    21. I enjoyed this book so much I'm ready to start reading it again on Monday. It packs a incredible, sweeping history into a single volume, providing an engaging story and a wonderful sense of the personalities involved in almost 500 years of antitrinitarian thought, conversation, debate, and commitment. Inspiring!

    22. This book was fascinating, I had so much fun reading it. I really learned quite a bit, and I appreciate this part of history more now than I ever did. I would love to see the actual manuscript this book was written about, there are only 3 left now. Next goal: find where they are and hope one is in London.

    23. This book is well written and very readable taking the reader down the less trodden paths of history, namely, the obscurer parts of the reformation, book collecting and a short history of the unitarian movement. Read this if you want something a little different.

    24. This book focused on a lot more than Servetus. It included the rise of the printing press, the lives of the scholars around him, the religious upheaval of the day. It was very encompassing, but at times I found the central story got lost. Servetus didn't seem to be the focus for much of the book.

    25. The story of Michael Servetus, the Spanish priest who rejected the idea of a Trinity and perished because of it. Fascinating read.

    26. The story of Michael Servetus really is remarkable and these authors told it very well. I hadn't even known that this man existed, yet his story is absolutely absorbing.

    27. Out of the Flames by Lawrence and Nancy Goldstone, put simply, is a book about a book. The Goldstone’s use the heretic Michael Servetus’ book Christianismi Restitutio as a focal point in which a historical time frame revolves and evolves in an attempt to parallel the growing technological age of the Protestant Reformation and the growing electronic age of today.  That is not their only goal though. They also wish to shed light on a man whose ideas were way ahead of his time (by about 300 ye [...]

    28. Wow. My new favorite historians. This was one of the most fascinating books I've ever read. Little of this information was entirely new to me; I'm familiar with church history, the Inquisition, and most of the people that the authors wrote about. But the way that they wove it together was outstanding and brilliant. Knowing how these well-known historical figures crossed paths and the details of their lives and deaths had me on the edge of my seat. Today's agenda: order more of these authors' boo [...]

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