Handbook to Life in the Medieval World

Handbook to Life in the Medieval World

by Madeline Pelner Cosman, Linda G. Jones
     
 

The medieval world continues to fascinate people today and to provide material for popular culture. Handbook to Life in the Medieval World looks at the medieval period from the perspective of Christians, Jews, and Muslims who inherited and inhabited the classical Roman Empire, which stretched from the British Isles through continental Europe, the Mediterranean,

Overview

The medieval world continues to fascinate people today and to provide material for popular culture. Handbook to Life in the Medieval World looks at the medieval period from the perspective of Christians, Jews, and Muslims who inherited and inhabited the classical Roman Empire, which stretched from the British Isles through continental Europe, the Mediterranean, North Africa, and the Middle East to Asia Minor and beyond.

Treating together the history, culture, economy, and societies of these three civilizations allows us to see clearly how closely intertwined they were, even, if not especially, at times of intense conflict and enmity. Life in the medieval world differed for Christians, Jews, and Muslims, and surprising examples of interrelationships among these three cultural groups are best understood by studying the differences among these contemporaries.

Following the classic format of the Handbook to Life series, this three-volume set offers a unique and comprehensive reference to all aspects of the medieval world: History, Society, Economy and Trade, Warfare and Weapons, Philosophy and Religion, Mysticism and Magic, Medicine, Science, and Technology, Art and Architecture, Literature, Music and Dance, Holidays and Festivals, Clothing and Textiles.

Each chapter includes an extensive bibliography, and more than 140 original line drawings, photographs, and maps complement the text. Handbook to Life in the Medieval World combines historical sources to provide all the essential information required by anyone interested in medieval history, literature, or culture.

Editorial Reviews

Library Journal

This tenth title in Facts On File's "Handbook to Life" series by Jones (Arabic philology, Univ. of Barcelona) and the late Cosman (CUNY), a noted medievalist, covers lands formerly ruled by the Roman Empire, approximately 500-1500 CE. The three volumes span 12 chapters devoted to history, society, economy and trade, warfare and weapons, philosophy and religion, mysticism and magic, medicine, science and technology, art and architecture, literature, music and dance, holidays and festivals, and clothing, costume, and textiles. Each chapter looks at its subject from the perspective of the three dominant civilizations of the period: Christian, Jewish, and Muslim. Chapters begin with a brief introduction describing the commonalities and intersections of the civilizations and then continue with a detailed look at each civilization separately.
—Nadine Cohen

School Library Journal

Gr 10 Up

Beginning with the Fall of Rome in 476 C.E., this set documents the era from Christian, Muslim, and Jewish perspectives. Volume one covers "History," "Society," "Economy and Trade," and "Warfare and Weapons"; the second offers sections on "Philosophy and Religion," "Mysticism and Magic," "Medicine, Science and Technology," and "Art and Architecture"; and the last volume focuses on "Literature," "Music and Dance," "Holidays and Festivals," and "Clothing, Costume, and Textiles." Each one includes an index to the set's black-and-white illustrations and maps, with the last volume including an extensive bibliography and index. Chapters are subdivided according to each religious view and then further broken down by topic. For example, the section on society presents an overview of the three religions' various hygiene practices. The organization of the index does a disservice to the excellent information. The poetry entry lists "literature, Islamic" and "literature, Jewish," yet there is no reference to "Christian literature" although "devotional" is included. Libraries that have Edward D. English's more in-depth Encyclopedia of the Medieval World (Facts On File, 2005) may want to forgo this purchase.-Tina Hudak, St. Albans School for Boys, Washington, DC

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780816048878
Publisher:
Facts on File, Incorporated
Publication date:
07/28/2008
Series:
Handbook to Life Series
Pages:
1000
Product dimensions:
7.40(w) x 9.30(h) x 1.10(d)
Age Range:
14 - 17 Years

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