The Medieval World View: An Introduction / Edition 3

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The Medieval World View, 2/e, is an engaging introduction to the people, places, and ideas that shaped the intellectual world of the Middle Ages. The book presents the presuppositions of medieval society in a systematic fashion by integrating brief, self-contained selections from primary texts and carefully captioned photographs into a narrative of the medieval world and its foundations.
The text is divided into three parts. Treating both the classical and biblical antecedents of the Middle Ages and ending in Late Antiquity, Part 1 includes a thorough discussion of the monumental figure of St. Augustine. Part 2 deals with the early Middle Ages, beginning with the disintegration of the Roman Empire and continuing through the German invasions, the sixth- and seventh-century founders, and the renaissance associated with the reign of Charlemagne. Part 3 examines the High Middle Ages and beyond, following developments in the Church, in politics, and in arts and culture from the twelfth century through the end of the fourteenth century. This second edition has been thoroughly updated to reflect recent scholarship in the field. It adds a new chapter covering the fourteenth century and pays greater attention to women and gender-related issues. The bibliography has been updated and revised and now provides a useful guide to electronic resources.
The Medieval World View, 2/e, handles sophisticated issues with great clarity and ease, making this an ideal text for courses in Medieval history, literature, or art history.
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"Provides the student with an introduction to the Medieval world that is both sophisticated and comprehensible. The bibliography is excellent! It offers a good background to those who study the development of Christian thought."--Ann McKean, Christian Brothers College

"Exactly what I need to help bring 20th century minds to the reality of the 'exotic' medieval world! The intent of the authors set out in the introduction is successfully followed through in their own medieval pilgrimage. Thank you!"--Sister M. de la Salle, St. Joseph College

"Uniquely introduces the Middle Ages....The volume is enhanced by notes, bibliography, index, and a few well-selected plates. Every undergraduate library should purchase this."--Religious Studies Review

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780195373684
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press
  • Publication date: 11/18/2011
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 3
  • Pages: 432
  • Sales rank: 873,118
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.20 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

William R. Cook

William R. Cook is Distinguished Teaching Professor of History at the State University of New York at Geneseo.

Ronald B. Herzman is Distinguished Teaching Professor of English at the State University of New York at Geneseo.

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgements Preface Introduction Time Line

1. The Bible
2. The Classical Heritage
3. Early Christianity
4. Saint Augustine

5. Byzantium
6. Islam
7. The West After the Collapse of Roman Authority

8. Western Monasticism
9. The First Medieval Synthesis: The Carolingian World and Its Dissolution

10. Church, State, and Society
11. The Renaissance of the Twelfth Century
12. Francis of Assisi and the Mendicants

13. From Medieval to Renaissance

Notes Bibliography Index

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