This is the long-anticipated second volume of one of the finest general introductions to the medieval world of recent times, first published in French by Armand Colin. Lavishly illustrated, with many accompanying maps and charts, each volume presents a synthesis of current scholarly research and interpretation, carefully checked, translated, and revised for an English-speaking readership. Volume 2 begins at the turn of the millennium and covers the extraordinary rebirth of Europe, in terms of demographic expansion, agrarian settlement and organization, the establishment of towns and villages, the ascendancy of the feudal system, the appearance of formal states and kingdoms, and the dramatic controlling ascendancy of the Western Church. In the East, despite the external appearance of grandeur, the Islamic countries were being torn apart by mutual rivalry, while the Byzantine empire lost massive border territories through political and economic incompetence. As in Volumes 1 (350-950) and 3 (1250-1520), full coverage is given to both East and West, and their artistic heritage is vividly displayed in many of the color plates. A comprehensive bibliography is also included as an aid to further investigation, whether by general readers or by students of the period.
"An up-to-date and extensive discussion of three major civilizations that emerged from the dissolution of the classical world: the Byzantine Empire, the vast complex of Islam, and European Christian civilization." Choice
List of colour plates; Acknowledgements; Glossary; Introduction Robert Fossier; Part I. Dawn in the West: c. 950–1100: 1. Europe in the year 1000 Jean-Pierre Poly; 2. The birth of Christian Europe: 950–1100 André Vauchez; 3. The establishment of states Robert Fossier; 4. Explosions within Islam: late ninth to late eleventh centuries Henri Bresc and Pierre Guichard; 5. The last gleam of Byzantium: 950–1070 Alain Ducellier; Part II. The Rise of Europe: Twelfth to Mid-Thirteenth Centuries: 6. The beginning of European expansion Robert Fossier; 7. The leap forward Robert Fossier; 8. The structuring of society Robert Fossier; 9. A strict normalisation André Vauchez; Part III. The East in Decline: Twelfth to Mid Thirteenth Centuries: 10. Islam dethroned Robert Mantran; 11. The death throes of Byzantium: 1080–1261 Alain Ducellier; Bibliography.