The History of the Renaissance World: From the Rediscovery of Aristotle to the Conquest of Constantinople

The History of the Renaissance World: From the Rediscovery of Aristotle to the Conquest of Constantinople

by Susan Wise Bauer


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The History of the Renaissance World: From the Rediscovery of Aristotle to the Conquest of Constantinople by Susan Wise Bauer

A lively and fascinating narrative history about the birth of the modern world.
Beginning in the heady days just after the First Crusade, this volume—the third in the series that began with The History of the Ancient World and The History of the Medieval World—chronicles the contradictions of a world in transition.
Popes continue to preach crusade, but the hope of a Christian empire comes to a bloody end at the walls of Constantinople. Aristotelian logic and Greek rationality blossom while the Inquisition gathers strength. As kings and emperors continue to insist on their divine rights, ordinary people all over the world seize power: the lingayats of India, the Jacquerie of France, the Red Turbans of China, and the peasants of England.New threats appear, as the Ottomans emerge from a tiny Turkish village and the Mongols ride out of the East to set the world on fire. New currencies are forged, new weapons invented, and world-changing catastrophes alter the landscape: the Little Ice Age and the Great Famine kill millions; the Black Death, millions more. In the chaos of these epoch-making events, our own world begins to take shape.Impressively researched and brilliantly told, The History of the Renaissance World offers not just the names, dates, and facts but the memorable characters who illuminate the years between 1100 and 1453—years that marked a sea change in mankind’s perception of the world.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780393059762
Publisher: Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.
Publication date: 09/23/2013
Pages: 816
Sales rank: 105,370
Product dimensions: 6.50(w) x 9.30(h) x 1.70(d)

About the Author

Susan Wise Bauer is a writer, educator, and historian. Her previous books include the Writing With Ease, Writing With Skill, and Story of the World series from Well-Trained Mind Press, as well as The Well-Trained Mind: A Guide to Classical Education at Home, The Well-Educated Mind: A Guide to the Classical Education You Never Had, Rethinking School, The Story of Western Science: From the Writings of Aristotle to the Big Bang Theory, and the History of the World series, all from W. W. W. Norton. She has a Ph.D. in American Studies from the College of William & Mary in Virginia, as well as an M.A. in seventeenth-century literature and a Master of Divinity in Ancient Near Eastern Languages and Literature. For fifteen years, she taught literature and composition at the College of William and Mary.

Table of Contents

List of Maps xv

List of Illustrations xix

Acknowledgments xxi

Preface xxiii

Part 1 Renaissances 1

1 Logic and Compromise: England, Rome, and the Holy Roman Empire, 1100-1122 3

2 The Crusader Enemy: Byzantium, Venice, and the Crusader kingdoms, 1100-1138 13

3 Anarchy: England, Western Francia, and the Kingdom of Jerusalem, 1120-1139 19

4 The Lost Homeland: China, Dai Viet, and Khmer, 1127-1150 25

5 Crusade Resurrected: The Turkish and Crusader kingdoms, with visitations from Germany and France, 1128-1149 34

6 Reconquista and Rediscovery: The Spanish peninsula, 1134-1146 43

7 Questions of Authority: France and Italy, 1135-1160 49

8 The New Song: China, 1141-1165 55

9 The Heiji Disturbance: Japan, 1142-1159 61

10 Death of an Army: Goryeo, 1146-1197 69

11 The First Plantagenet: England and Western Francia, 1147-1154 76

12 Frederick Barbarossa: Germany and Italy, 1147-1177 81

13 The Almohads in Spain: North Africa and Spain, 1147-1177 88

14 "Many Nations": Africa, sometime in the twelfth century 94

15 The Last Fatimid Caliph: Turkish and Crusader kingdoms, 1149-1171 102

16 Monks and Brahmans: South India, 1150-1189 108

17 Conquest of the Willing: Northern India, 1150-1202 117

18 Death of a Priest: England and France, 1154-1170 126

19 Foreign Relations: Byzantium, Hungary, and the Balkans, 1157-1168 134

20 The Venetian Problem: Byzantium and Italy, 1171-1185 141

21 Resentments: England Ireland and France, 1171-1186 148

22 Saladin: The Turkish and Crusader kingdoms, 1171-1188 155

23 The Gempei War: Japan, 1179-1185 161

24 Kings' Crusade: England, France, and the Turkish and Crusader kingdoms, 1188-1199 166

25 The Sack of Constantinople: Byzantium and Europe, 1195-1204 176

Part 2 Invasions, Heresies, and Uprisings 185

26 Westward: Central and South America, 1200 187

27 The Mongol School of Warfare: China, North and Central Asia, 1201-1215 195

28 John Softsword: England and France, 1203-1213 202

29 Sundiata of the Mali: Africa, 1263-1240 207

30 The Jokyu War: Japan, 1203-1242 211

31 The Unwanted Throne: The old Byzantine lands, 1204-1225 217

32 The First Delhi Sultanate: Northern and central India, 1206-1236 225

33 Heresy: France, 1209-1210 233

34 Reconquest and Failure: France and the Spanish peninsula, 1210-1213 242

35 From Bouvines to Magna Carta: France, England and the Holy Roman Empire, 1213-1217 248

36 The Birth of the Inquisition: France, 1215-1229 257

37 Moving Westward: China, North and Central Asia, and the Middle East, 1215-1229 262

38 South of India: India and Sri Lanka, 1215-1283 270

39 The Fifth Crusade: Egypt and the Crusader kingdoms, 1217-1221 275

40 From the Golden Bull to the Baltic Crusade: Hungary, Poland, and the lands of the Lithuanians, 1218-1233 281

41 Lakeshores, Highlands, and Hilltops: Africa, 1221-1290 287

42 The Sixth Crusade: The Holy Roman Empire, the Crusader kingdoms, and the Ayyubid empire, 1223-1229 293

43 The Tran Dynasty: Southeast Asia, 1224-1257 298

44 Young Kings: England France, and the kingdoms of Spain, 1227-1242 303

45 The Mongol Horde: Most of Asia and Europe, 122P-1248 310

46 The Debt of Hatred: The Holy Roman Empire, 1229-1250 318

47 The Shadow of God: India, 1236-1266 326

48 The Seventh Crusade: France, Egypt, and Syria, 1244-1250 332

49 The Splintering Khanate: The Mongol conquests, 1246-1264 339

50 The Mamluks of Egypt: Egypt, Syria, and the Mongol lands, 1250-1268 346

51 Louis the Saint: France and the Kingdom of Jerusalem, 1250-1267 353

52 The Lions Den: Germany, Italy, Sicily, and England 1252-1273 359

53 The Recapture of Constantinople: The Latin Empire and the empire of Nicaea, 1254-1261 367

54 The Last Crusades: North Africa, Egypt, France, Italy, and the Crusader kingdoms, 1270-1291 372

55 Kublai Khan: China, Japan, Goryeo, Champa, and the Dai Viet, 1273-1294 379

56 The Sicilian Vespers: Germany, Italy, Sicily, Aragon, and France, 1274-1288 388

57 The Wars of Edward I: England Scotland Wales, and France, 1275-1299 394

58 The Second Sultanate of Delhi: India, 1287-1300 403

59 The End of the Papal Monarchy: France, Germany, and Italy, 1301-1317 410

60 The Appearance of the Ottomans: Byzantium and the Turks of the Il-khanate, 1302-1347 419

61 The Fall of the Khilji: India, 1303-1320 427

62 The Triumph of the Bruce: Scotland England and Ireland 1304-1314 433

Part 3 Catastrophes 441

63 The Great Famine: All of Europe, 1310-1321 443

64 The Sultan and the Khan: Egypt, the Il-khanate, and the Golden Horde, 1310-1335 449

65 Mansa Musa of Mali: West Africa, 1312-1360 455

66 After the Famine: France and England, 1318-1330 461

67 The Southern and Northern Courts: Japan, 1318-1339 470

68 Rebellions: India, 1320-1351 478

69 Naming the Renaissance: Germany, Italy, and France, 1322-1341 484

70 The Cities in the Lake: Central America, 1325-1375 491

71 A Hundred Years of War: France and England 1329-1347 497

72 The End of the World: Asia, Europe, and India, 1338-1353 505

Part 4 Regroupings 513

73 The Will to War: France, England and the Spanish kingdoms, 1349-1369 515

74 White Lotus, Red Turban: China, 1351-1382 525

75 After the Mongols: Southeast Asia, 1351-1399 531

76 The Turks and the Desperate Emperor: Byzantium and the lands of the Turks, with side journeys to France and Italy 537

77 The Disintegration of Delhi: India and Sri Lanka, 1352-1388 544

78 The Union of Krewo: Poland, Hungary, and Lithuania, 1364-1399 551

79 The Rebirth of the Mongol Horde: Central Asia, the Middle East, India, and the lands of the Rus', 1367-1399 557

80 Compromises and Settlements: The Korean peninsula and Japan, 1368-1392 565

81 The House of Visconti and the Papal States: France and Italy, 1368-1390 571

82 Bad Beginnings: France and England, 1369-1381 577

83 Dislocation: Africa, 1370-1399 587

84 Madness and Usurpation: Castile, Portugal, England, and France, 1383-1401 591

85 The Battle of Nicopolis: The Ottoman empire, Constantinople, and the lands of eastern Europe, 1385-1396 598

86 The Union and Disunion of Kalmar: Scandinavia, 1387-1449 604

87 The Hussite Uprising: Germany, Italy, Hungary, and Bohemia, 1388-1419 611

88 The Taking of France: France and England 1401-1420 620

89 After Timurlane: The north of India, the empire of Timur, the lands of the Ottoman Turks, Egypt, and Byzantium, 1401-1415 627

Part 5 Endings 635

90 The Withdrawal of the Ming: China and the land of the Dai Viet, 1405-1455 637

91 Failure: The old lands of the Holy Roman Empire and the remnants of Byzantium, 1412-1440 645

92 Perpetual Slavery: Portugal, Castile, and Africa, 1415-1455 654

93 The Loss of France: France and England 1422-1453 662

94 The Fall: The Byzantine and Ottoman empires, along with Hungary, Germany, Wallachia, Bohemia, and Serbia, 1430-1453 673

Notes 683

Works Cited 723

Permissions 749

Index 751

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CillianRune More than 1 year ago
Unfortunately, some misinformed user who doesn't understand the rating concept, decided to punish the author, and subsequently, the book by giving it one star.  Reasons? The reader was displeased with the publisher pushing back the release date. Thanks to the user's inability to comprehend that basic notion of rating a book, Bauer's hard work and backbreaking research got a failurRead the book, it's as well-researched and engaging as the first; and please, use the rating CONSCIOUSLY.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Thank you for producing a book of such historical value and contextual relevance. Well worth the wait!
Tekwyn More than 1 year ago
Susan Wise Bauer has such a wonderful way of explaining history. She covers ALL of the world not just western Europe as most history books do. Finding out what was happening is Japan or China and India puts European history in a vital context.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
My children enjoyed her first series, and now, my teens and myself, are relishing this series! Her attention to detail and engaging writing truly make history come alive.
The_Anti-pedant_Pedagog More than 1 year ago
Well-researched and written. Covers the first half of the second millenium. Third in the series, but the first volume still was the best so far. Together the 3 volumes to date present a comprehensive world view.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Why do they keep pushing out the release date????