The Oxford Illustrated History of Medieval Europe

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Overview

This richly illustrated book is the most authoritative account of life in medieval Europe between the fall of the Roman Empire and the coming of the Renaissance.

Full coverage is given to all aspects of life in a thousand-year period which saw the creation of western civilization: from the empires and kingdoms of Charlemagne, the Byzantines, and the Hundred Years War, to the ideals of the Crusades; the building of great cathedrals and the social catastrophe of the Black Death; the cultural worlds of chivalric knights, popular festivals, and new art forms. The chapters show the movement of the centre of gravity in European life from the Mediterranean to the north; and the authors explore the contrast between Byzantine and Renaissance cultures in the south and the new, complex political and social structures of north-west Europe, which by 1300 had the most advanced civilization the world had ever seen.

Ranging from the fall of the Roman Empire to the dawn of the Renaissance, this volume offers a chronicle of life in medieval Europe.

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Editorial Reviews

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"The individual chapters are scholarly and up to the minute, without loss of accessibility or pace. The illustrations are many, apposite and refreshingly unhackneyed."--Times Literary Supplement

Library Journal
Holmes et al. have produced an attractive account of medieval Europe from the fall of Rome to the eve of the Reformation. This popular history, well-written by professional historians, is for the intelligent general reader. The book conveys a good sense of the movement of events and the succession of great people, and it catches the economic, social, and intellectual structures which underpinned events. Noteworthy among the well-conceived chapters is Malcolm Vale's discussion of ``the eclipse of ecclesiastical power . . . especially papal power . . . and the expansion and elaboration of secular rule.'' Holmes concludes that this fragmented era laid the groundwork for the fertile period that followed. Maps, charts, and illustrations deserve high praise. Highly recommended. David Keymer, CUNY Coll. of Technology, Utica
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780192854353
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
  • Publication date: 5/24/2001
  • Series: Oxford Illustrated Histories Series
  • Pages: 440
  • Sales rank: 737,469
  • Product dimensions: 9.30 (w) x 7.20 (h) x 1.20 (d)

Meet the Author

About the Editor:
George Holmes is a Fellow of St. Catherine's College, Oxford. His previous books include Dante and Florence, Rome, and the Origins of the Renaissance.

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Table of Contents

List of Colour Plates List of Maps
1. The Transformation of the Roman Mediterranean, 400-900, Thomas Brown
2. The Northern World in the Dark Ages, 400-900, Edward James
3. The Society of Northern Europe in the High Middle Ages, 900-1200, David Whitton
4. Northern Europe Invades the Mediterranean, 900-1200, Rosemary Morris
5. The Mediterranean in the Age of the Renaissance, 1200-1500, Peter Denley
6. The Civilization of Courts and Cities in the North, 1200-1500, Malcolm Vale
Editor's Postscript, George Holmes
Further Reading Chronology Index

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