It is convenient to end an account of the medieval recovery of ancient thought and its penetration of western consciousness with the 1270s. The Aristotelian corpus was now complete and, except for the recently discovered Politics, its implications had been recognised and its doctrine had made a massive impact on the intellectual system. The impact of the Politics is part of the wider political and ecclesiastical as well as intellectual history of the fourteenth century. However, to end in the 1270s carries one serious risk, that of attributing too much importance to the local condemnations and censures1 which mark the decade so heavily. Unquestionably the condemnations are significant but it needs to be distinguished in what their significance lies and in what it does not.
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