Key Figures in Medieval Europe: An Encyclopedia

Key Figures in Medieval Europe: An Encyclopedia

by Richard K. Emmerson
     
 

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From emperors and queens to artists and world travelers, from popes and scholars to saints and heretics, Key Figures in Medieval Europe brings together in one volume the most important people who lived in medieval Europe between 500 and 1500. Gathered from the biographical entries from the on-going series, the Routledge Encyclopedias of the

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From emperors and queens to artists and world travelers, from popes and scholars to saints and heretics, Key Figures in Medieval Europe brings together in one volume the most important people who lived in medieval Europe between 500 and 1500. Gathered from the biographical entries from the on-going series, the Routledge Encyclopedias of the Middle Ages, these A-Z biographical entries discuss the lives of over 575 individuals who have had a historical impact in such areas as politics, religion, or the arts. Individuals from places such as medieval England, France, Germany, Iberia, Italy, and Scandinavia are included as well as those from the Jewish and Islamic worlds. A thematic outline is included that lists people not only by categories, but also by regions.

For a full list of entries, contributors, and more, visit the Routledge Encyclopedias of the Middle Ages website.

Editorial Reviews

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'This reference book provides thorough coverage of over 500 figures in medieval European history.'Choice

'All libraries, whether general or specialized, will wish to have this eminently useful scholarly resource.' – International Review of Biblical Studies

Library Journal
Emmerson, an authority on the medieval period, here brings together nearly 600 of the biographical entries found in eight previous regional and topical volumes from the "Routledge Encyclopedia of the Middle Ages" series, including Medieval Scandinavia; France, England, Iberia, Italy, Germany, Jewish Civilization, and Trade, Travel and Exploration in the Middle Ages. Organized under such categories as "Artists/Architects," "Authors," "Commercial Figures," "Political Figures," and "Travelers," the entries are reproduced in their entirety, covering the most important men and women who lived in medieval Europe between 500 and 1500 C.E. Although the series was well received, these entries are not as readable as those found in Scribner's venerable Dictionary of the Middle Ages (1982-89), which covers most of the figures. Still, the alphabetical and thematic lists of entries provide quick access to the contents, whereas the detailed general index provides deeper access to information included in the entries. The format is easy on the eye, with double columns, bold entry titles, See Also references, and judicious use of italics to designate the titles of works. Bottom Line Although the content here is not original, libraries that own the series may appreciate having access to the major biographies in a single volume. Highly recommended for academic or public libraries lacking the original encyclopedias or the Dictionary of the Middle Ages, as well as those where biographical sources are heavily used.-Rosanne M. Cordell, Indiana Univ. Lib., South Bend Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781138011717
Publisher:
Taylor & Francis
Publication date:
08/15/2014
Series:
Routledge Encyclopedias of the Middle Ages Series
Pages:
784
Product dimensions:
8.40(w) x 10.70(h) x 1.80(d)

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