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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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Advance Praise: "This fresh and often iconoclastic survey acknowledges the diversity of medieval experiences--from era to era, region to region, class to class. The solid and traditional political narrative is enriched with an energetic discussion of environmental and technological issues, while social history, fascinating in itself, is successfully integrated into these contexts. Important intellectual themes of religion and philosophy are particularly accessible to students through a clear and focused examination of broader issues. The later Middle Ages, now the focus of much research, receive extended treatment. There are suggested texts and studies to draw students into the library but the text itself is so richly annotated with primary sources that as a course resource it could stand alone."--James W. Brodman, University of Central Arkansas

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780195121698
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
  • Publication date: 1/28/2002
  • Edition description: Older Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 480
  • Product dimensions: 9.10 (w) x 6.40 (h) x 0.90 (d)

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Boston University
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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Introduction: Why the Middle Ages Matter 1
Pt. 1 The Early Middle Ages: The Third through Ninth Centuries
1 The Roman World at Its Height 7
2 The Rise of Christianity 23
3 Early Germanic Society 48
4 Cloister and Culture 69
5 The Emergence of the Medieval Worlds 86
6 The Carolingian Era 109
Pt. 2 The Central Middle Ages: The Tenth through Twelfth Centuries
7 The Time of Troubles 137
8 Revolutions on Land and Sea 155
9 A New Europe Emerges: North and South 175
10 The Reform of the Church 208
11 The Renaissances of the Twelfth Century 231
12 The Papal Monarchy 262
Pt. 3 The Late Middle Ages: The Thirteenth and Fourteenth Centuries
13 Politics in the Thirteenth Century 283
14 Art and Intellect in the Thirteenth Century 304
15 Daily Life at the Medieval Zenith 327
16 Changes in Religious Life 352
17 The Crises of the Fourteenth Century 369
18 Signs of a New Era 395
Pt. 4 Two Epilogues
19 Closings In, Closings Out 413
20 The Renaissance in Medieval Context 427
App. A The Medieval Popes 438
App. B The Carolingians 443
App. C The Capetians 444
App. D France: The Valois 445
App. E England: The Norman and Plantagenet Dynasties 446
App. F England: The Lancastrian and Yorkist Dynasties 447
App. G Germany: The Ottonian, Salian, and Hohenstaufen Dynasties 448
App. H Germany: The Late Medieval Emperors 449
App. I The Spanish Kingdoms, 1000-1250 450
App. J The Spanish Kingdoms, 1250-1500 451
Index 453
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