Summary: When Europeans discovered that an entire universe existed beyond that familiar to them, terror and curiosity of the unknown gave birth to both extreme intolerance and a wondrous reaching out. We have often heard of the seventeenth-century Little Ice Age, when Catholic and Protestant crossed swords, witch pyres were ablaze across the countryside, boats from Africa groaned with families in chains, and the Americas were deeply afflicted with smallpox fever. Not surprisingly, it was one of the most fanatic eras that Europe ever witnessed, excluding, of course, our own century.¹ Yet we have not often imagined that, under these circumstances,
ISBN: 9780773528284