Education: The Greatest Divide

. Of all historical cliches, few have been more persistent than the notion that between the Middle Ages and the Renaissance stands history's Great Divide. From his new rostrum as professor of Medieval and Renaissance English literature at Britain's University of Cambridge, C.S. (The Screwtape Letters) Lewis has joined a campaign to give the cliche its honorable discharge. If there is a Divide, says he in his recently published inaugural lecture, it is "the [division] in the history of the West that . . . divides the present from, say, the age of Jane Austen and Scott."

Virgil to Eliot. For a...

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