A Companion to the Medieval World

A Companion to the Medieval World

by Carol Lansing
     
 

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Drawing on the expertise of 26 distinguished scholars, this important volume covers the major issues in the study of medieval Europe, highlighting the significant impact the time period had on cultural forms and institutions central to European identity.

  • Examines changing approaches to the study of medieval Europe, its periodization, and central

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Drawing on the expertise of 26 distinguished scholars, this important volume covers the major issues in the study of medieval Europe, highlighting the significant impact the time period had on cultural forms and institutions central to European identity.

  • Examines changing approaches to the study of medieval Europe, its periodization, and central themes
  • Includes coverage of important questions such as identity and the self, sexuality and gender, emotionality and ethnicity, as well as more traditional topics such as economic and demographic expansion; kingship; and the rise of the West
  • Explores Europe’s understanding of the wider world to place the study of the medieval society in a global context

Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
“Nonetheless, this Companion is an excellent manual for those who have never (or only partially) studied medieval history, as it provides clear outlines of extremely complex issues, a thought-provoking insight into historiographical and methodological trends, as well as an extremely rich bibliography to assist further investigation.”  (English Historical Review, 1 January 2013) 

"This is a great legacy—not one of reaction or anachronism—and we should be proud to sit upon the shoulders of such giants and to be able to survey so much of a landscape that they helped map out." (The Medieval Review, September 2010)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781118425121
Publisher:
Wiley
Publication date:
12/26/2012
Series:
Blackwell Companions to European History Series
Pages:
596
Product dimensions:
6.70(w) x 9.60(h) x 1.10(d)

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A Companion to the Medieval World will be of great value for instructors who want to pull their own thoughts together and to have a model for a concise explication of complicated topics. It will also bring home to students and general readers that there is no "party line" on the medieval world and that the past, as an intellectual and cultural construct, is very much alive.’ —The Medieval Review

Meet the Author

Carol Lansing is Professor of History at the University of California, Santa Barbara. Her research focuses on medieval Italian politics, society, and culture. Previous publications include The Florentine Magnates: Lineage and Faction in a Medieval Commune (1991), Power and Purity: Cathar Heresy in Medieval Italy (1998) and Passion and Order: Restraint of Grief in the Medieval Italian Communes (2008).

Edward D. English is Executive Director of Medieval Studies and Associate Professor of History at the University of California, Santa Barbara. He is finishing the first of two volumes on the society and politics of Siena in the fourteenth century. His other publications include Enterprise and Liability in Sienese Banking, 1230-1350 (1988) and The Encyclopedia of the Medieval World, 2 volumes (2005).

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