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Overview

Four principles guide the selection of materials. First, entire documents are included wherever possible, not snippets. Second, texts are grouped to form dossiers in which the individual documents relate to one another, reflecting the practice of historians themselves. Third, most of the documents chosen have been the subject of significant scholarship. And fourth, raw material for many types of historical investigations is provided: the documents are equally useful to the political historian, the social historian, the cultural historian or the historian of mentalities.

The third edition includes an updated Preface, more extensive material from Gregory of Tours, and a new section, "The Iberian Peninsula," containing material that deals with Jews, Muslims and Heretics. The text has also been newly typeset, making the book more readable, and in response to suggestions concerning the weight of the book, lighter paper is being used. The result is a book that is overall more user friendly.

Please note: This edition is also available in a two-volume format, dividing the text chronologically:

Volume I: The Early Middle Ages

Volume II: The Later Middle Ages

Special Combined Price: Readings in Medieval History, third edition may be ordered together with A Short History of the Middle Ages, third edition at a special discounted price. In order to secure the package price, the following ISBN must be used when ordering: 978-1-44260-353-0.

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What People Are Saying

John Shinners

Finally, a reader that doesn't condescend to its audience. Giving students a generous selection of unedited texts allows them to appreciate the riches of medieval texts. A treasure house!

Richard C. Hoffman

Outstanding coverage and depth.

David Routt

An outstanding, eclectic collection of documents.

From the Publisher
Instructors of medieval history are fortunate to have at their disposal a new edition of the best selection of medieval primary courses in English translation available today. Like its predecessors, this fourth edition fulfills the promise expressed in the author's preface: to introduce us and our students to documents representing a great variety of genres, subjects, and places throughout medieval Europe and to present those documents in their entirety or in substantial portions. The documents allow us, the teachers, and more importantly, our students, the freedom to read in depth, select, and analyze—to practice history at its best, right in the classroom.

Geary's careful and wise selection of texts in his reader provides the best balance between range and depth necessary for a successful source book. Students are introduced to the richness of medieval evidence and can engage with the personalities who produced it in a way that encourages further study and reflection on the Middle Ages.

Provides an excellent selection of complete texts or substantial extracts from key primary sources, helpfully grouped thematically and illustrating many current issues in modern historical study... an invaluable introduction.

The best collection of medieval documents in print.

Readings in Medieval History, Fourth Edition is probably the best collection of primary source readings available. The documents are well-chosen, they are generally accessible to students, and—most important of all—the selections are long and meaty enough that the students can really sink their teeth into them.

Jonathan Conant
Readings in Medieval History, Fourth Edition is probably the best collection of primary source readings available. The documents are well-chosen, they are generally accessible to students, and—most important of all—the selections are long and meaty enough that the students can really sink their teeth into them.
Piotr Gorecki

Instructors of medieval history are fortunate to have at their disposal a new edition of the best selection of medieval primary courses in English translation available today. Like its predecessors, this fourth edition fulfills the promise expressed in the author's preface: to introduce us and our students to documents representing a great variety of genres, subjects, and places throughout medieval Europe and to present those documents in their entirety or in substantial portions. The documents allow us, the teachers, and more importantly, our students, the freedom to read in depth, select, and analyze—to practice history at its best, right in the classroom.

Piotr Gorecki, University of California, Riverside

Nicholas Everett

Geary's careful and wise selection of texts in his reader provides the best balance between range and depth necessary for a successful source book. Students are introduced to the richness of medieval evidence and can engage with the personalities who produced it in a way that encourages further study and reflection on the Middle Ages.

Nicholas Everett, University of Toronto

Rosamund McKitterick

Provides an excellent selection of complete texts or substantial extracts from key primary sources, helpfully grouped thematically and illustrating many current issues in modern historical study... an invaluable introduction.

Rosamund McKitterick, Newnham College, University of Cambridge

A.J. Andrea

The best collection of medieval documents in print.

A.J. Andrea, University of Vermont

Piotr Gorecki
Instructors of medieval history are fortunate to have at their disposal a new edition of the best selection of medieval primary courses in English translation available today. Like its predecessors, this fourth edition fulfills the promise expressed in the author's preface: to introduce us and our students to documents representing a great variety of genres, subjects, and places throughout medieval Europe and to present those documents in their entirety or in substantial portions. The documents allow us, the teachers, and more importantly, our students, the freedom to read in depth, select, and analyze—to practice history at its best, right in the classroom.
Nicholas Everett
Geary's careful and wise selection of texts in his reader provides the best balance between range and depth necessary for a successful source book. Students are introduced to the richness of medieval evidence and can engage with the personalities who produced it in a way that encourages further study and reflection on the Middle Ages.
Rosamund McKitterick
Provides an excellent selection of complete texts or substantial extracts from key primary sources, helpfully grouped thematically and illustrating many current issues in modern historical study... an invaluable introduction.
A.J. Andrea
The best collection of medieval documents in print.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781551115504
  • Publisher: University of Toronto Press, Higher Education Division
  • Publication date: 4/21/2003
  • Edition description: third edition
  • Edition number: 3
  • Pages: 840
  • Product dimensions: 7.01 (w) x 8.98 (h) x 1.22 (d)

Meet the Author

Patrick J. Geary, Professor of History at the University of California, Los Angeles, is the author and editor of numerous books on medieval history.
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Table of Contents

Preface

Late Antiquity

1. Theodosian Code

2. Augustine of Hippo On Christian Doctrine City of God

3. St. Perpetua The Passion of Saints Perpetua and Felicitas

The Barbarian World

4. Tacitus Germania

5. Jordanes History of the Goths

6. Hildebrandlied

The Early Franks

7. The Tomb of Childeric, Father of Clovis

8. Salic Law

9. Bishops Remigius of Reims and Avitus of Vienne Letters to Clovis

10. Gregory of Tours History of the Franks

11. Life of Saint Balthild

Early Italy

12. Saint Benedict Rule for Monasteries

13. Gregory the Great Dialogues

Anglo-Saxon England

14. Laws of Ethelbert

15. Bede History of the English Church and People

16. King Alfred Dooms

Letter to Edward the Elder

Asser's Life

Anglo-Saxon Chronicle

17. Theodore Penitential

The Carolingians

18. Einhard Life of Charles the Great

19. Selected Capitularies

Monasticism

20. Cluniac charters: Foundation charter of the order

Charters of the Grossi Family

21. Miracles of Saint Foy

22. Anselm Proslogion

23. Bernard of Clairvaux Sermons on Song of Songs

24. Guibert of Nogent Memoirs

Lords and Vassals

25. Fulbert of Chartres Letter to William of Aquitaine

26. Hugh of Lusignan Agreement between Lord and Vassal

27. Galbert of Bruges The Murder of Charles the Good

The First Crusade

28. Four Accounts

Fulcher of Chartres

Solomon Bar Simson

Ibn Al-Athir

Anna Comnena

The Fourth Lateran Council

29. Canons of the Fourth Lateran Council

The Mendicants

30. St. Francis Rule

31. Clare of Assisi Testament

32. Canonization Process of St. Dominic

33. Thomas of Cantimpré Defense of the Mendicants

On the Eternality of the World

34. Three Views

St. Bonaventure

Siger of Brabant

St. Thomas Aquinas

Church and Society in the 14th and 15th Centuries

35. Jacques Fournier Inquisition Records

36. Marsilius of Padua Discourses

37. Margery Kempe The Book of Margery Kempe

The Empire

38. Liudbrand of Cremona A Chronicle of Otto's Reign

39. Pope Gregory VII and King Henry IV: The Investiture Controversy

40. The Concordat of Worms

41. Otto of Freising The Deeds of Frederick Barbarossa

42. Charles IV of Luxembourg Autobiography

43. Emperor Charles IV The Golden Bull

France

44. Joinville Life of St. Louis

45. Enquêts of King Louis

46. Jean Froissart Chronicles

47. The Trial of Joan of Arc

England

48. Domesday Book

49. Richard fitz Nigel Dialogue of the Exchequer

50. Magna Carta

The Articles of the Barons, 15 June 1215

Magna Carta, 1215

Pope Innocent III declares Magna Carta null and void, 24 August 1215

Magna Carta, 1216

51. Royal Courts of England The Huntingdonshire Eyre of 1286

52. A Medieval English Village: Plans of Wharram Percy

The Iberian Peninsula

53. Fuero de Cuenca

54. Las Siete Partidas

Italy

55. Giovanni Scriba Notary Book

56. Dialogues of Catherine of Siena

57. Florence: Catasto of 1427

58. Gregorio Dati Diary

Sources

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