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By its closing the percentage had actually risen to about 25 percent. In Madrid, the figures ranged anywhere from 14 to 26 percent, while in London, they were between 11 and 22 percent. Fragmentary evidence suggests comparable rates throughout the rest of Europe, wherever resurrected paganism was extolled. Once again, the horrid barbarity of promiscuous childkilling became a matter of course in this poor fallen world. In some circles it even became a badge of some honor: Jeanjacques Rousseau, for example, boasted that he had abandoned all five of his illegitimate children while Mozart, Fielding, Goethe, Chatterton, Diderot, Swift, Goya, Voltaire, and Defoe all explored the idea in their works.

Over the ensuing years, he mobilized hundreds of Christians for charitable work and estab lished innumerable institution-hospitals, shelters, foundling centers, orphanages, and almshouse throughout all of Europe. In 1652, Vincent was hordled to discover that a guild of midwives had begun performing illicit abortions in the slums of Paris. He quickly went to work, organizing relief and proper medical supervision for the children that had somehow survived the procedures, as well as the women that had been injured by them.

The titanic innovations medievalist brought forth were legion: It gave birth to all the great universities of the world from Oxford and Cambridge to Leipzig and Mainz; it oversaw the establishment of all the great hospitals of the world from St. Bartholomew’s and Bedlam in London to St. Bernard’s and Voixanne in Switzerland; it brought forth the world’s most celebrated artists from Michelangelo Buonarotti and Albrecht Durer to Leonardo da Vinci and Jan van Eyck; it gave us the splendor of Gothic architecture, unmatched and unmatchable to this day, from Notre Dame and Chartres to Winchester and Cologne; it thrust out into howling wilderness and storm-tossed seas the most A New Consensus: The Medieval Church 37 accomplished explorers from Amerigo Vespucci and Marco Polo to Vasco da Gama and Christopher Columbus; it pr~ duced some of the greatest minds and most fascinating lives mankind has yet known (were the list not so sterling it might begin to be tedious) Copernicus, Dante, Giotto, Becket, Gutenberg, Chaucer, Charlemagne, Wyclif, Magellan, Botticelli, Donatello, Petrarch, and Aquinas.

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