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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.
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:.
6. The Framework of Time and Space.
7. Material Culture.
8. Christian Society.
9. Mentalities, Sensibilities, and Attitudes.
As a leader of the Annales school of historical writing, Le Goff writes a masterful account of the Middle Ages, with the emphasis on cultural and social history. There is plenty of straightforward narration as well so the book is an absorbing read. A good way to catch up on current historical thinking without getting bogged down in trivia or political correctness.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted February 2, 2008
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.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted November 30, 2004
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