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Rise of the Medieval World 500-1300: A Biographical Dictionary

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Beginning in 500 with the fusion of classical, Christian, and Germanic cultures and ending in 1300 with a Europe united by a desire for growth, knowledge, and change, this volume provides basic information on the significant cultural figures of the Middle Ages. It includes over 400 people whose contributions in literature, religion, philosophy, education, or politics influenced the development and culture of the Medieval world. While focusing on Western European figures, the book does not neglect those from ...

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Beginning in 500 with the fusion of classical, Christian, and Germanic cultures and ending in 1300 with a Europe united by a desire for growth, knowledge, and change, this volume provides basic information on the significant cultural figures of the Middle Ages. It includes over 400 people whose contributions in literature, religion, philosophy, education, or politics influenced the development and culture of the Medieval world. While focusing on Western European figures, the book does not neglect those from Byzantium, Baghdad, and the Arab world who also contributed to the politics, religion, and culture of Western Europe.

Europe underwent fundamental changes during the Middle Ages. It changed from a preliterate to a literate society. Cities became a vital part of the economy, culture, and social structure. The poor and serfs went to the cities. The devout joined monastic orders. Christianity spread throughout Europe, while a man was born in Mecca who would change the shape of the religious map. Islam spread throughout the Holy Land. Christian piety led to the Crusades. This book provides a convenient guide to those who helped shape these movements and counter-movements during this era that would pave the way for the Renaissance.

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School Library Journal
Gr 9 Up-While the focus of this title is on Western figures, significant individuals from Eastern countries are also included. A 10-page introduction that provides an overview of the time period is followed by more than 400 alphabetical entries. Those included made "contributions to European culture" in the areas of religion, philosophy, education, and politics. Omitted are "popes, kings, and queens if their cultural contributions were in only one area." The entries, ranging from a half page to several pages, are clearly written in a straightforward style, though the vocabulary may prove challenging for some users. Cross-references are indicated with a simple asterisk. The very brief bibliographies at the end of each entry are cumulated at the end of the book. The general and name indexes are complete.-J. B. MacDonald, Illinois State University, Normal Copyright 2003 Cahners Business Information.
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This dictionary provides basic information on about 400 significant cultural figures of the European Middle Ages. Entries detail their lives and backgrounds, and identify their contributions to literature, religion, philosophy, education, and politics. Though the volume focuses on Western Europe, individuals from Byzantium, Baghdad, and the Arab world are also included. A chronology is provided. Contributors include scholars of literature, history, philosophy, politics, theology, geography, and Medieval studies. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Meet the Author

JANA K. SCHULMAN is Associate Professor of English at Western Michigan University, where she teaches Old English, History of the English language, and courses on Ancient and Medieval epics.

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Table of Contents

Introduction vii
Chronology xvii
The Rise of the Medieval World, 500-1300 1
Bibliography 461
Name Index 485
General Index 493
Contributors 497
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