Atlas of Medieval Europe / Edition 2

Atlas of Medieval Europe / Edition 2

by David Ditchburn

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ISBN-10: 0415383021

ISBN-13: 9780415383028

Pub. Date: 04/03/2007

Publisher: Taylor & Francis

The Atlas of Medieval Europe covers the period from the fall of the Roman Empire through to the beginnings of the Renaissance, spreading from the Atlantic coast to the Russian steppes. Each map approaches a separate issue or series of events in medieval history, and a commentary locates it in its broader context.

This second edition has over forty new maps


The Atlas of Medieval Europe covers the period from the fall of the Roman Empire through to the beginnings of the Renaissance, spreading from the Atlantic coast to the Russian steppes. Each map approaches a separate issue or series of events in medieval history, and a commentary locates it in its broader context.

This second edition has over forty new maps covering a variety of topics including:

  • the Moravian Empire
  • environmental change
  • the travels and correspondence of Froissart and travellers in the east
  • the layout of great castles and palaces.

Thorough coverage is also given to geographically peripheral areas like Portugal, Poland, Scandinavia and Ireland.

Providing a vivid representation of the development of nations, peoples and social structures, and charting political and military events, the Atlas takes a detailed look at a variety of key areas including language and literature; the development of trade, art and architecture; and the great cities and lives of historical figures.

With over 180 maps, expert commentaries and an extensive bibliography, this second edition of an essential reference guide to medieval Europe brings the complex and colourful history of the Middle Ages to life.

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Table of Contents

Preface to the second edition     viii
Preface     ix
Contributors     xi
Physical Europe
Western Europe: physical features     3
The Early Middle Ages, c. 395-c. 1050
War and politics
The Roman Empire in AD 395     7
Barbarian migrations of the 4th and 5th centuries     8
Barbarian kingdoms in the first half of the 6th century     9
Merovingian Gaul, c. 600     10
The Empire of Justinian, 527-65     12
The expansion of Islam in the Mediterranean area, 7th-9th centuries     14
Italy in the 8th century     16
The Empire of Charlemagne, 768-814     18
Division of the Carolingian Empire, 843     19
The Moravian Empire, c. 830-c. 900     21
The Byzantine Empire under the Macedonian Dynasty, 9th-11th centuries     22
Vikings     24
Magyars     26
The East European states, c. 1000     27
The Ottonian Empire     29
The Scandinavian kingdoms, c. 1000     31
The Mercian supremacy     34
England, c. 1000     34
Ireland, c. 1000     36
France and its principalities, c. 1000     36
Southern Italy in the 11th century     39
Al-Andalus: Muslim Iberia     40
The Spanish and Portuguese reconquest to c. 1140     42
Government, society and economy
Royal Carolingian residential villas     45
Carolingian and Ottonian mints     46
Aristocratic landholding in the 9th century     47
Burhs and mints in late Anglo-Saxon England     48
Royal itineraries: 11th-century France and Germany     51
England under William I     53
Scandinavian settlement in the British Isles     53
Hamwic: Anglo-Saxon Southampton     56
Dorestad     57
Dublin     57
Constantinople     58
Rome     59
Ravenna     60
Trade routes of the Carolingian Empire     61
The economy of San Vincenzo al Volturno     63
Religion and culture
Christianity and paganism in the west, c. 350-750     66
Early monasticism to 547     68
Northern European monasticism     70
Irish and Anglo-Saxon centres on the continent     72
Bede's world     73
The cult of St Cuthbert     74
The influx of relics into Saxony     76
The Carolingian Renaissance     77
The correspondence of Lupus of Ferrieres     77
10th- and 11th-century centres of reform     80
The Peace of God     81
Iconoclasm and the dualist heresies in the Byzantine Empire, 8th-12th centuries     83
Byzantine missions among the Slavs     85
Papal authority and the eastern schism     86
Episcopal sees in Europe at the end of the 10th century     87
Medieval cartography     91
The Central Middle Ages, c. 1100-c. 1300
War and politics
Scandinavian kingdoms in the 12th century     95
The Hohenstaufen Empire, c. 1150-1250     95
Southern Italy and Sicily in the 12th century     97
Anglo-Norman penetration of Wales and Ireland     99
Scotland in the Central Middle Ages     101
Angevins and Capetians in the late 12th century     103
Catalonia, 1080-1180     105
The Empire of the Comneni, 1081-1185     107
Where did the crusaders come from? Major areas of recruitment to the crusade in the Near East from the Latin West, 1095-1271     109
The routes of the first crusade     110
The second and third crusades     111
The fourth crusade     112
The crusades of the Emperor Frederick II and St Louis     113
The crusader states     114
The Templar network     116
Crusader Jerusalem     118
Crusader Acre     119
The Byzantine Empire in the 13th century     119
Italy in the second half of the 13th century     121
The Ostsiedlung     123
Poland in the Central Middle Ages     125
The Premyslide-Habsburg conflict in Central Europe     127
The Mongol-Tatar invasions and their impact on the West     129
France in the reign of Philip the Fair     131
The Spanish and Portuguese reconquest in the 12th and 13th centuries     133
Government, society and economy
Provisioning war in the 12th century     136
Castles     138
The expansion of French royal control, 1180-1226     138
Settlement patterns in medieval Italy: (1) nucleation; (2) dispersal     141
The huerta of Valencia     144
The 13th-century repopulation of Andalusia     145
Maritime laws     147
Town laws     149
The contado of Lucca in the 12th century     151
Communal movements     151
Frederick Barbarossa and the Lombard League     154
Late 13th-century Brunswick     156
The larger towns of Europe      156
European fairs and trade routes     157
The Alpine passes     159
Environmental change, c. 1000-1300     161
Religion and culture
Latin episcopal sees at the end of the 13th century     163
Cistercians, Premonstratensians and others     167
The mendicants     169
Beguines and Beghards     171
The Humiliati     172
The papacy and the Conciliar Fathers of 1215     174
Shrines and revivals: popular Christianity, c. 1200-c. 1300     176
Heresy, the Albigensian crusade and the Inquisition, c. 1200-c. 1240     178
Anti-semitism, 1096-1306     180
The 12th-century Renaissance     182
The emergence of universities     183
The spread of the Old French epic (the Roland legend)     184
Troubadours: centres of creativity and travels of the poets     186
Romanesque Europe     188
Gothic Europe     189
The travels of Villard de Honnecourt     190
Westminster Palace, London     191
La Sainte Chapelle, Paris     193
Vernacular languages, c. 1200     193
Western travellers in the Far East in the 13th century     197
The Late Middle Ages, c. 1300-c. 1500
War and politics
The Hundred Years War     201
The growth of the Burgundian state     204
The Scottish Wars of Independence     206
Wales: the Principality and the Marches     210
Ireland: English and Gaelic lordship, c. 1350     210
The emergence of Switzerland     212
Late medieval Scandinavia     213
Later medieval Germany: emperors and princes     214
Northern Italy from the rise of the signori to the peace of Lodi     216
The expansion of the Crown of Aragon     218
The Wars of the Roses     221
Scotland: Crown and magnates, c. 1400 and c. 1460     221
Late medieval Iberia: Castile and Portugal     224
The rise of the Turks and the crusade     226
Dynastic union: Poland and Lithuania, 1386-1569     228
The rise of Muscovy     229
Government, society and economy
The growth of royal fiscality in France     231
Burgundian administration, c. 1450     236
The government of late medieval Germany     236
Royal itineraries in Portugal     239
Castilian corregidores, 1390-1474     239
Representation at the Castilian cortes, 1445-74     240
Parliamentary representation in late medieval England     241
The Great Famine, 1315-22     243
The spread of the Black Death     244
Deserted English villages, c. 1100-c. 1500     246
Late medieval transhumance in western Europe     248
The Swabian Town League     250
Istanbul     250
Novgorod     251
Dunfermline     252
Seville     252
Financial centres in western Europe     253
The German Hanse     255
The herring trade     258
The Jacquerie     260
The Peasants' Revolt of 1381     261
Aliens in late medieval England     262
Religion and culture
The Avignon papacy and papal fiscality     265
The Great Schism and the councils     266
The papal states     268
Illegitimacy and the papal Penitentiary     270
Byzantine cultural and monastic centres     271
The Bohemian Lands and the Hussite Wars, 1415-37     272
Christians, Jews and converses in late medieval Iberia     274
Pogroms in Germany     276
Margery Kempe     277
Penitential pilgrimages from Antwerp, 1398-1513     279
Knightly journeys      281
Froissart's world     284
Journeys of major Italian artists, c. 1250 and c. 1400     284
The travels of Guillaume Dufay     288
The rediscovery of classical texts     289
The spread of printing     291
Universities in the Late Middle Ages     292
European expansion at the end of the Middle Ages     294
Suggestions for Further Reading     298
Index     315

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