A Short History of the Middle Ages / Edition 3

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"A Short History of the Middle Ages is an narrative overview of medieval history from c.300 to c.1500. Each chapter covers a "slice of time" and integrates culture, politics, art, economics, and social issues. Rosenwein places Europe in the context of the Islamic world and the Byzantine, Mongol, and Ottomon empires. The histories of women, Jews, and heretics are all important parts of this story." "With 68 plates, most in color, A Short History's illustrations serve as an introduction to the history of medieval art and architecture, while its 38 maps - many in color and two entirely new to this edition - provide a wordless panorama of political changes over time. Genealogies and lists of popes and other rulers are provided so that the book may serve as a handy reference tool." Also new to the second edition are the chronologies of Key Events covered in each chapter. Revisions and expansions have been made throughout, with particular attention to the section on early Islam.
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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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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.

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.

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.

Susanna Elm

Barbara Rosenwein's new edition of her by now classic A Short History of the Middle Ages provides an already stellar work with even greater clarity and sharpness. The changes are subtle yet decisive: nuances that demonstrate once again Rosenwein's extraordinary gift for synthesizing up-to-the minute scholarship while writing clearly and engagingly for all readers, general and specialized. The art work is splendid and, together with the maps, remains one of the book's outstanding features.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781442601734
  • Publisher: Univ of Toronto Pr Higher education
  • Publication date: 9/15/2009
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 3
  • Product dimensions: 7.80 (w) x 9.40 (h) x 1.00 (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

1 Prelude : the Roman world transformed (c.300-c.600) 19
Pt. I Three cultures from one
2 The emergence of sibling cultures (c.600-c.750) 59
3 Creating new identities (c.750-c.900) 95
4 Political communities reordered (c.900-c.1050) 131
Pt. II The European take-off
5 The expansion of Europe (c.1050-c.1150) 167
6 Institutionalizing aspirations (c.1150-c.1250) 207
7 Discordant harmonies (c.1250-c.1350) 251
8 Catastrophe and creativity (c.1350-c.1500) 287
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