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Jacques Le Goff (1 January 1924 – 1 April 2014) was a French historian and author. He wrote many books about the Middle Ages. Mostly during the 12th and 13th centuries.[1] Le Goff was known for arguing that the Middle Ages created a new civilization. In 1984, he wrote The Birth of Purgatory.

Le Goff was born in Toulon. He died in Paris, France from natural causes, aged 90.


  1. Agence France-Presse in Paris (2014-04-01). "Influential medieval historian Jacques Le Goff dies aged 90 | World news". Retrieved 2014-04-01.