A science-minded Pope who honored Islamic thought? Such was the resumé of Pope Sylvester II, who, prior to his death in 1003 AD, did his best to enlighten the Dark Ages. Nancy Marie Brown sets his uniqueness in a vivid medieval context.
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Anthony Marra and Justin St. Germain are the winners of the 2013 Discover Great New Writers awards.
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