The Medieval World View: An Introduction / Edition 3

Paperback (Print)
Rent from
(Save 75%)
Est. Return Date: 07/28/2015
Used and New from Other Sellers
Used and New from Other Sellers
from $25.10
Usually ships in 1-2 business days
(Save 49%)
Other sellers (Paperback)
  • All (14) from $25.10   
  • New (5) from $41.01   
  • Used (9) from $25.10   


The Medieval World View, Third Edition, 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 five parts. Treating both the classical and biblical antecedents of the Middle Ages and ending in Late Antiquity, Part One includes a thorough discussion of the monumental figure of St. Augustine. Part Two deals with the Mediterranean World, including Byzantium and Islam, and ending with the disintegration of the Roman Empire in the West. Part Three deals with the early Middle Ages, extending the narrative from the end of the Western Empire through the renaissance associated with the reign of Charlemagne. Part Four examines the High Middle Ages, following developments in the Church, in politics, in philosophy and theology, and in the arts from the twelfth century until the fourteenth. Part Five, an epilogue, traces the transition from the Middle Ages to the Renaissance, focusing primarily on the fourteenth century but also looking forward to the fifteenth century and beyond.
The third edition features two entirely new chapters, Chapter 5 on Byzantium and Chapter 6 on Islam. Handling sophisticated issues with great clarity and ease, The Medieval World View is ideal for courses in Medieval history, literature, or art history.

Read More Show Less

Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
"Cook and Herzman is my favorite textbook for use in the classroom. . . . I can think of no better text to assign to my students for an overview of Christian thought from Paul up through the mendicant movement. I use the book in almost every course I teach."—Valerie Ramseyer, Wellesley College

"The Medieval World View's great strength is its streamlined focus on the intellectual legacies of the Middle Ages."—Curtis Gruenler, Hope College

Read More Show Less

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: 921,244
  • 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.

Read More Show Less

Table of Contents

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


Read More Show Less

Customer Reviews

Be the first to write a review
( 0 )
Rating Distribution

5 Star


4 Star


3 Star


2 Star


1 Star


Your Rating:

Your Name: Create a Pen Name or

Barnes & Review Rules

Our reader reviews allow you to share your comments on titles you liked, or didn't, with others. By submitting an online review, you are representing to Barnes & that all information contained in your review is original and accurate in all respects, and that the submission of such content by you and the posting of such content by Barnes & does not and will not violate the rights of any third party. Please follow the rules below to help ensure that your review can be posted.

Reviews by Our Customers Under the Age of 13

We highly value and respect everyone's opinion concerning the titles we offer. However, we cannot allow persons under the age of 13 to have accounts at or to post customer reviews. Please see our Terms of Use for more details.

What to exclude from your review:

Please do not write about reviews, commentary, or information posted on the product page. If you see any errors in the information on the product page, please send us an email.

Reviews should not contain any of the following:

  • - HTML tags, profanity, obscenities, vulgarities, or comments that defame anyone
  • - Time-sensitive information such as tour dates, signings, lectures, etc.
  • - Single-word reviews. Other people will read your review to discover why you liked or didn't like the title. Be descriptive.
  • - Comments focusing on the author or that may ruin the ending for others
  • - Phone numbers, addresses, URLs
  • - Pricing and availability information or alternative ordering information
  • - Advertisements or commercial solicitation


  • - By submitting a review, you grant to Barnes & and its sublicensees the royalty-free, perpetual, irrevocable right and license to use the review in accordance with the Barnes & Terms of Use.
  • - Barnes & reserves the right not to post any review -- particularly those that do not follow the terms and conditions of these Rules. Barnes & also reserves the right to remove any review at any time without notice.
  • - See Terms of Use for other conditions and disclaimers.
Search for Products You'd Like to Recommend

Recommend other products that relate to your review. Just search for them below and share!

Create a Pen Name

Your Pen Name is your unique identity on It will appear on the reviews you write and other website activities. Your Pen Name cannot be edited, changed or deleted once submitted.

Your Pen Name can be any combination of alphanumeric characters (plus - and _), and must be at least two characters long.

Continue Anonymously

    If you find inappropriate content, please report it to Barnes & Noble
    Why is this product inappropriate?
    Comments (optional)