Encyclopedia of the Medieval World

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High school and undergraduate students as well as general readers will find this two-volume reference a useful starting point to their study of the medieval era in Europe and the Mediterranean. The entries are detailed, providing lengthy treatment of the life of the figure, or the era, noting the significant political events and people. The entries are cross referenced and conclude with a bibliography of scholarly sources. Care has been taken to include essential figures and concepts of Islam. A selection of ...
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Overview

High school and undergraduate students as well as general readers will find this two-volume reference a useful starting point to their study of the medieval era in Europe and the Mediterranean. The entries are detailed, providing lengthy treatment of the life of the figure, or the era, noting the significant political events and people. The entries are cross referenced and conclude with a bibliography of scholarly sources. Care has been taken to include essential figures and concepts of Islam. A selection of entry topics—including Edessa, Eleanor of Aquitaine, eschatology, al- Farabi, furs and fur trade, al-Fustat, heaven, pallium, parasites, and Theophano—demonstrates the range of subjects. English teaches history at the U. of California, Santa Barbara. Annotation ©2004 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR
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English (history, Univ. of California, Santa Barbara; Christians, Muslims and Jews in Medieval and Early Modern Spain) ambitiously tackles the enormity, complexity, and diversity of medieval Europe and the parts of Africa and Asia that touch on Europe from late antiquity (roughly from Constantine in the late third century) to about 1500 C.E. His efforts result in a two-volume A-to-Z that expansively covers Christianity, Islam, and Judaism as well as documents, cultural exchanges, geography, and agricultural practices of the period. The 2000 clear and succinct entries provide informative, dictionary-type data. However, they do not linger on the why: for example, why was celibacy important? What form or practices did abortion take in the medieval world? Why is the adultery of Guinevere so important to medieval romance poetry? Why does Abelard still matter beyond his affair with Heloise? And why are her writings now gaining in import? It is also regrettable that the images are only in black and white and not as abundant as one would expect from a reference work of this caliber. Bottom Line Despite the drawbacks, this rudimentary work offers strong bibliographies that encourage further research. Recommended for entry-level medieval history collections in academic libraries.-Sandra Collins, Duquesne Univ. Lib., Pittsburgh, PA Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
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  • ISBN-13: 9780816046904
  • Publisher: Facts on File, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 12/28/2004
  • Series: Facts on File Library of World History
  • Pages: 944
  • Product dimensions: 8.80 (w) x 11.20 (h) x 2.10 (d)

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