Handbook to Life in the Medieval World

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 ...

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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.

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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

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780816048878
  • Publisher: Facts on File, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 7/28/2008
  • Series: Handbook to Life Series
  • Pages: 1000
  • Age range: 14 - 17 Years
  • Product dimensions: 7.40 (w) x 9.30 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Table of Contents


List of Illustrations     v
List of Maps     vi
Acknowledgments     vii
Introduction     ix
Volume I
History     1
Western Europe     3
Byzantine Empire     43
Islamic Empire     56
Jews in the Medieval World     75
Chronology     98
Reading     104
Society     109
Christian Society     110
Muslim Society     138
Jewish Society     161
Reading     180
Economy and Trade     185
Economy and Trade in Christian Europe     189
Economy and Trade in the Islamic Empire     213
Jewish Economy and Trade     242
Reading     256
Warfare and Weapons     261
Christian Warfare and Weapons     262
Islamic Jihad, Warfare, and Weapons     292
Jewish Military Matters     311
Reading     320
Volume II
Philosophy and Religion     325
Christian Theology and Philosophy     326
Jewish Philosophy and Theology     365
Islamic Philosophy and Theology     386
Reading     409
Mysticism and Magic     413
Christian Mysticism and Magic     414
Jewish Mysticism and Magic     439
Islamic Mysticism and Magic     451
Reading     464
Medicine, Science, and Technology     469
Medicine in Europe     470
Science and Technology in Europe     503
Jewish Contributions to Medicine and Science     514
Medicine, Science, and Technology in the Islamic World     525
Reading     546
Art and Architecture     551
The Patronage of the Arts     552
Christian Art and Architecture     554
Jewish Art and Architecture     588
Islamic Art and Architecture     603
Reading     625
Volume III
Literature     629
Christian Literature     631
Jewish Literature     665
Islamic Literature     683
Reading     708
Music and Dance     713
Christian Music and Dance     714
Jewish Music and Dance     737
Islamic Music and Dance     747
Reading     759
Holidays and Festivals     763
Christian Holidays and Festivals      764
Jewish Weddings, Sabbaths, and Holidays     794
Islamic Holidays and Festivals     813
Reading     821
Clothing, Costume, and Textiles     825
Christian Clothing     826
Jewish Costumes and Clothing     834
Muslim Clothing and Textiles     845
A Glossary of Christian, Jewish, and Muslim Hat Styles and Clothing     858
Reading     870
Bibliography     873
Index     935
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