Medieval Civilization 400 - 1500 / Edition 1

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This one thousand year history of the civilization of western Europe has already been recognized in France as a scholarly contribution of the highest order and as a popular classic. Jacques Le Goff has written a book which will not only be read by generations of students and historians, but which will delight and inform all those interested in the history of medieval Europe.

Part one, Historical Evolution , is a narrative account of the entire period, from the barbarian settlement of Roman Europe in the fifth, sixth and seventh centuries to the war-torn crises of Christian Europe in the fourteenth and fifteenth centuries.

Part two, Medieval Civilization , is analytical, concerned with the origins of early medieval ideas of culture and religion, the constraints of time and space in a pre-industrial world and the reconstruction of the lives and sensibilities of the people during this long period. Medieval Civilization combines the narrative and descriptive power characteristic of Anglo-Saxon scholarship with the sensitivity and insight of the French historical tradition.

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Editorial Reviews

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'Jacques Le Goff is one of the most distinguised of the French medieval historians of his generation, a generation in which the French have consistently set the pace for medieval studies.' Maurice Keen, New York Review of Books

"The richness, imaginativeness and sheer learning of Le Goff's work cannot be summarized and demands to be experienced." Times Literary Supplement

'...Stimulating and impressive. It was high time that it should be translated into English' Douglas Johnson, The Observer

"Covering 1000 years of civilazation in Western Europe and illustrated with a wide range of magnificant photographs, this popular and well-established French classic will both delight and inform." Publsihing News

"Combines illuminating generalizations with appealing nuggets of fact." Jasper Griffin

A rich portrait of the medieval world which historians will admire and any general reader can read with enjoyment." The Independent

"Le Goff has taken the whole of Western Europe as a temporal sequence and he has asked what are the conceptual schemes which give it coherence. It is the structuralist scheme which makes this book stimulating and impressive. It was high time that it should be translated into English." The Observer

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780631175667
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 9/3/1991
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 448
  • Sales rank: 1,447,378
  • Product dimensions: 10.00 (w) x 7.00 (h) x 0.91 (d)

Meet the Author

Jacques Le Goff was born in 1924 at Toulon. He taught in a lycee at Amiens in 1950-1 and then held research studentships at Lincoln College, Oxford and the Ecole francaise de Rome. Since then he has taught at the Ecole practique des hautes etudes, rising to the position of president of the Ecole des hautes etudes en sciences sociales 1975-7. He is director of the prestigious journal Annales. He has published many books; best known to English readers are Pour un autre Moyen Age (Paris 1977), translated as Time, Work and Culture in the Middle Ages (Chicago, 1980) and La naisssance du purgatoire (Paris 1981), translated as The Borth of Purgatory (Chicago 1984).

Julia Barrow, a medievalist with a special interest in church history, took her MA in St Andrews in 1978 and her D.Phil in Oxford in 1983. At present she holds a British Academy Post-doctoral fellowship at Birmingham University.

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Table of Contents

Part I: Historical Evolution: .

1. The Barbarian Settlements (5th - 7th centuries).

2. The Germanic Attempt at Organization (8th - 10th centuries).

3. The Formation of Christian Europe (11th - 13th centuries).

4. The Crisis of Christian Europe (14th - 15th centuries).

Part II: Medieval Civilization:.

5. Genesis.

6. The Framework of Time and Space.

7. Material Culture.

8. Christian Society.

9. Mentalities, Sensibilities, and Attitudes.


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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 2, 2008

    Very good portrayal of the times

    Jacques Le Goff's books is an excellent portrayal of the time and characters in this very interesting period of history. He provides a lot of essential information across every aspect of these times without burdening the reader with mind-numbing detail.

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