Worlds of Medieval Europe / Edition 1

Worlds of Medieval Europe / Edition 1

by Clifford R. Backman
     
 

ISBN-10: 0195121694

ISBN-13: 9780195121698

Pub. Date: 01/28/2002

Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA


The Worlds of Medieval Europe updates and revises traditional textbook representations of the Middle Ages by balancing the conventional focus on political affairs, especially those of northern Europe, with equally detailed attention to medieval society as it developed in the Mediterranean. The result is a nuanced portrayal of a multifarious western world…  See more details below

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The Worlds of Medieval Europe updates and revises traditional textbook representations of the Middle Ages by balancing the conventional focus on political affairs, especially those of northern Europe, with equally detailed attention to medieval society as it developed in the Mediterranean. The result is a nuanced portrayal of a multifarious western world that was sharply divided between its northern and southern aspects. By also integrating the histories of the Islamic and Byzantine world into the main narrative, the text brings new life to the continuum of interaction--social, cultural, and intellectual, as well as commercial--that existed among all three societies. In addition, it describes ways in which the medieval Latin West attempted to understand the unified and rational structure of the human cosmos, which they believed existed beneath the observable diversity and disorder of the world. This effort to re-create a human ordering of "unity through diversity" provides an essential key to understanding medieval Europe and the ways in which it regarded and reacted to the worlds around it. The Worlds of Medieval Europe is an ideal text for undergraduate courses in medieval history, Western civilization, the history of Christianity, and Muslim-Christian relations. It also serves as an excellent supplement for courses on the history of a specific country in the medieval period, the history of medieval art, or the history of the European economy.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780195121698
Publisher:
Oxford University Press, USA
Publication date:
01/28/2002
Edition description:
Older Edition
Pages:
480
Product dimensions:
9.10(w) x 6.40(h) x 0.90(d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Introduction: Why the Middle Ages Matter1
Pt. 1The Early Middle Ages: The Third through Ninth Centuries
1The Roman World at Its Height7
2The Rise of Christianity23
3Early Germanic Society48
4Cloister and Culture69
5The Emergence of the Medieval Worlds86
6The Carolingian Era109
Pt. 2The Central Middle Ages: The Tenth through Twelfth Centuries
7The Time of Troubles137
8Revolutions on Land and Sea155
9A New Europe Emerges: North and South175
10The Reform of the Church208
11The Renaissances of the Twelfth Century231
12The Papal Monarchy262
Pt. 3The Late Middle Ages: The Thirteenth and Fourteenth Centuries
13Politics in the Thirteenth Century283
14Art and Intellect in the Thirteenth Century304
15Daily Life at the Medieval Zenith327
16Changes in Religious Life352
17The Crises of the Fourteenth Century369
18Signs of a New Era395
Pt. 4Two Epilogues
19Closings In, Closings Out413
20The Renaissance in Medieval Context427
App. AThe Medieval Popes438
App. BThe Carolingians443
App. CThe Capetians444
App. DFrance: The Valois445
App. EEngland: The Norman and Plantagenet Dynasties446
App. FEngland: The Lancastrian and Yorkist Dynasties447
App. GGermany: The Ottonian, Salian, and Hohenstaufen Dynasties448
App. HGermany: The Late Medieval Emperors449
App. IThe Spanish Kingdoms, 1000-1250450
App. JThe Spanish Kingdoms, 1250-1500451
Index453

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