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Short History of the Middle Ages, A: Volume II: From c.900 to c.1500, third edition / Edition 1

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A Short History of the Middle Ages Volume II is an affordable, succinct narrative overview of medieval history from c.900 to c.1500. This edition includes a new feature—"Seeing the Middle Ages"—as well as 29 color maps, 37 plates (almost all in color), five figures, genealogies, and appendices of rulers. Students and others who wish to test their knowledge of each chapter will find study questions at The website also reproduces the maps, genealogies, lists of popes and emperors, and glossary found in this edition.

The one-volume format of A Short History of the Middle Ages, covering medieval history from c.300 to c.1500, is also available in a third edition.

Special Combined Price: A Short History of the Middle Ages Volume II may be ordered together with Reading the Middle Ages Volume II at the special discounted price of $65.00 (CDN & US). In order to secure the package price, the following ISBN must be used when ordering: 978-1-44260-150-5.

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What People Are Saying

Thomas V. Cohen

Non-medievalist and habitual scorner of textbooks, I have used, enjoyed, and appreciated this book in earlier editions. It is clear, thoughtful, deeply expert, and refreshingly ecumenical. The maps and charts are good and useful, and the illustrations gorgeous, splendidly legible, well captioned, and put to thorough use. The real, rare treasure, though, is the lovely English, at once limpid and graciously respectful of student intelligence.

Elina Gertsman

Lucidly written, clearly structured, stunningly comprehensive, and highly accessible, the new edition of Rosenwein's A Short History of the Middle Ages should be required reading in any course that surveys medieval culture. The book will provide much-needed historical background to students in many disciplines, including medieval literature, theology, and art. The inclusion of sensitively chosen visual material, an excellent selection of maps, and the newly added 'Seeing the Middle Ages' feature will appeal especially to students of art history, who will benefit immeasurably from using Rosenwein's book as a companion volume to any standard text on medieval art.

Fiona Griffiths

Elegantly written and beautifully produced, Rosenwein's A Short History of the Middle Ages is a treat for teachers and students alike. Clear and concise, the volume offers a fresh approach to the history of medieval Europe and blends exciting new analysis with careful fidelity to the sources. Luxurious images, deftly incorporated into the book's narrative, bring the period alive and provide opportunities for deeper discussion and reflection. Rosenwein is a masterful storyteller; her book will inspire and delight.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781442601239
  • Publisher: University of Toronto Press, Higher Education Division
  • Publication date: 7/1/2009
  • Edition description: third edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 400
  • Product dimensions: 7.70 (w) x 9.30 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

Barbara H. Rosenwein is Professor in the Department of History at Loyola University Chicago. She is the author of several books, including Emotional Communities in the Early Middle Ages (2006), Negotiating Space: Power, Restraint, and Privileges of Immunity in Early Medieval Europe (1999), and Reading the Middle Ages: Sources from Europe, Byzantium, and the Islamic World (second edition, 2014).
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Table of Contents






Abbreviations, Conventions, Websites

Preface to Volume II

4. Political Communities Reordered (c.900-c.1050)

5. The Expansion of Europe (c.1050-c.1150)

6. Institutionalizing Aspirations (c.1150-c.1250)

7. Discordant Harmonies (c.1250-c.1350)

8. Catastrophe and Creativity (c.1350-c.1500)



Appendix: Lists



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