The Oxford Dictionary of the Middle Ages

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The Oxford Dictionary of the Middle Ages is a major new reference resource for all key aspects of European history, society, religion, and culture from circa 500 CE to circa 1500 CE. During this time, neighboring areas of Asia and North Africa greatly influenced and helped shape the civilization of the West. Relevant aspects of the Byzantine Empire, the Islamic dynasties, and Asiatic peoples such as the Avars and the Mongols are also included in this comprehensive work. Coverage spanning the whole geographical ...
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Overview


The Oxford Dictionary of the Middle Ages is a major new reference resource for all key aspects of European history, society, religion, and culture from circa 500 CE to circa 1500 CE. During this time, neighboring areas of Asia and North Africa greatly influenced and helped shape the civilization of the West. Relevant aspects of the Byzantine Empire, the Islamic dynasties, and Asiatic peoples such as the Avars and the Mongols are also included in this comprehensive work. Coverage spanning the whole geographical extent of the European Middle Ages and balanced treatments of sixteen topics centrally important to the study of the period distinguish The Oxford Dictionary of the Middle Ages from all other resources on the subject.

Over 800 scholars, guided by a five-member international advisory board and an international editorial board of twenty-six, have written the over 5,000 entries that make up this extraordinary four-volume set. These entries have been lavishly supplemented by more than 500 illustrations and 40 maps. This dictionary will appeal to both medievalists needing a detailed and reliable reference tool for their own research and teaching, and non-specialists needing an accessible guide to the study of the Middle Ages.

2011 Booklist Editors' Choice

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Editorial Reviews

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"The Oxford Dictionary of the Middle Ages is the best concise medieval encyclopedia currently available, highly recommended for academic and large public libraries." --Booklist

"A useful work both for nonspecialists and for specialists who want quick identifications." --Choice

Library Journal
For the last 12 years, Bjork (Foundation Professor of English & director, Arizona Ctr. for Medieval & Renaissance Studies, Arizona State Univ.) has led an impressive team to create this comprehensive four-volume interdisciplinary dictionary covering medieval Europe between 500 C.E. and 1500 C.E. This set is the product of a distinguished advisory and editorial board and 800 international scholars, many widely recognized as experts in their fields. The project achieved its aim of rebalancing the headword lists so topics such as women, children, Jews, and Muslims are given more treatment. Technology, medicine, and archaeology are also well represented, and there is broad coverage of languages and literatures from throughout the region. The geographical terms list also includes increased attention to the Low Countries, Spain, the Byzantine Empire, and the Islamic world. With 5000 entries—ranging from a paragraph to thousands of words in length, all signed, cross-referenced, and including short, up-to-date bibliographies—this will be an important resource for students and scholars alike. The over 500 images and 40 maps are thoughtfully employed; the detailed general index and thematic list of entries will prove useful. BOTTOM LINE Clearly written scholarly entries and a carefully balanced choice of topics make this work essential for academic libraries supporting medieval studies programs and highly recommended for large public libraries.—Larry Milliken, Drexel Univ., Philadelphia
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780198662624
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press
  • Publication date: 7/29/2010
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 1968
  • Product dimensions: 9.20 (w) x 11.70 (h) x 6.40 (d)

Meet the Author

Robert E. Bjork is Foundation Professor of English and Director of the Arizona Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies (ACMRS) at Arizona State University. He was General Editor of Modern Scandinavian Literature in Translation from 1984 to 1994; Co-Editor of Studies in Scandinavian Literature and Culture from 1992 to 2001, and has been Director and General Editor of Medieval and Renaissance Texts and Studies (ACMRS) and General Editor of Arizona Studies in the Middle Ages and Renaissance since 1996. He's been a Visiting Fellow at St Catharine's College, University of Cambridge, and a Visiting Professor of English at UCLA. His published work includes translations of five books on Old English Poetry and seven modern Swedish novels. He was President of the International Society of Anglo-Saxons 2002-3, and is a Corresponding Fellow of the English Association and Chair of the Medieval Academy of America's standing committee on Centres and Regional Associations.

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Table of Contents

Volume 1
Acknowledgements
Introduction
Editors and Contributors
Thematic Listing of Entries
Abbreviations
Note to the Reader
The Oxford Dictionary of the Middle Ages A-C
Volume 2
The Oxford Dictionary of the Middle Ages D-J
Volume 3
The Oxford Dictionary of the Middle Ages J-Q
Volume 4
The Oxford Dictionary of the Middle Ages R-Z
Medieval Popes and Antipopes
Index of Variant Place Names
General Index
Picture Acknowledgements

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