Explains what life was like in the most immediate way, through taking readers, to the middle ages, and showing various things from the horrors of leprosy and war to the ridiculous excesses of roasted larks and haute couture.
In June 1405, King Henry IV stopped at a small Yorkshire manor house to shelter from a storm. That night he awoke screaming that traitors were burning his skin. His instinctive belief that he was being poisoned was understandable: he had already survived at least eight plots to dethrone or kill him. This book tells his story.
First published as part of the best-selling The Oxford Illustrated History of Britain, John Gillingham and Ralph A. Griffiths' Very Short Introduction to Medieval Britain covers the establishment of the Anglo-Norman monarchy in the early Middle Ages, through to England's failure to dominate the British Isles and France in the later Middle Ages.
The Latin text of Magna Carta (the 1217 issue of Henry III) is reproduced, together with a modern translation and an introduction which traces the background to the making of the charter and its subsequent revisions through the centuries. It also explains how this text has become an enduring symbol of freedom in Britain and throughout the world.
This book provides a selection from the abundant source material generated by the Normans and the peoples they conquered. Van Houts takes a wide European perspective on the Normans, assessing and explaining their origin, the Norman expansion and their political and social organisation in the period between c. 900 to c. 1150.
For over four thousand years the Mediterranean was the centre of Western civilization. Geographically, it is a whole world in miniature, an inland sea whose shores encompass every type of terrain and climate. This study covers all of recorded history, incorporating research and tools ranging from linguistics to underwater archaeology.
King John is familiar to everyone as the villain from the tales of Robin Hood - greedy, cowardly, despicable and cruel. Was he truly a monster, or a capable ruler cursed by ill luck? This book offers a compelling portrait of an extraordinary king, whose reign marked a momentous turning point in the history of Britain and Europe.
Edward I is familiar to millions as 'Longshanks', conqueror of Scotland and nemesis of Sir William Wallace ('Braveheart'). Edward was born to rule England, but believed that it was his right to rule all of Britain. His reign was one of the most dramatic of the entire Middle Ages. This title presents the biography of this truly formidable king.
For centuries Edward III was celebrated as the most brilliant king England had ever had, and three hundred years after his death it was said that his kingship was perhaps the greatest that the world had ever known. This title shows how Edward personally provided the impetus for much of the drama of his fifty-year reign.
This book provides a set of thematic interpretations of one of the most dynamic and formative periods in Europe's history. Chapters from the world's leading scholars of the period offer an authoritative, up-to-date and exciting approach to the subject.
For this revised edition of his standard work, A.J. Pollard has incorporated new research and consideration of the debates which have emerged since The Wars of the Roses was first published in 1988. These include the new stress on 'constitutional' history, intensified dispute about the origins of the wars and re-evaluations of key personalities.
The author was the most famous traveller of his time. His voyages began in 1271 with a visit to China, after which he served the Kublai Khan on numerous diplomatic missions. This book offers a fascinating glimpse of what he encountered abroad: unfamiliar religions, customs and societies.
Based on primary sources in both English and French archives, this biography depicts the reign of Henry V in the broad European context of the period. It concludes that through his personality the king united the country in war but also provided domestic security and solid government.
The Second Crusade (1145-1149) was an extraordinarily bold attempt to overcome unbelievers on no less than three fronts. Crusader armies set out to defeat Muslims in the Holy Land and in Iberia as well as pagans in northeastern Europe. This book provides an understanding of the Crusades and their importance in medieval European history.
During Medieval times, the Black Death wiped out one-fifth of the world's population. Four centuries later, in 1665, the plague returned with a vengeance, cutting a long and deadly swathe through the British Isles. In this title, the author focuses on Cambridge, where every death was a singular blow affecting the entire community.
Proud daughter of a distinguished French dynasty, Eleanor of Aquitaine married the king of France, Louis VII, then the king of England, Henry II, and gave birth to two sons who rose to take the English throne - Richard the Lionheart and John. This title offers an account of the most important queen of the Middle Ages.
A survey of the Spanish Inquisition, that sets the notorious Christian tribunal into the broader context of Islamic and Jewish culture in the Mediterranean, reassesses its consequences for Jewish culture, measures its impact on Spain's intellectual life, and rebuts the myths and exaggerations that have distorted understandings of the Inquisition.
A biography that provides the most authoritative picture yet of King Stephen, whose reign (1135-1154), with its 'nineteen long winters' of civil war, made his name synonymous with failed leadership. After years of work on the sources, the author shows with clarity the strengths and weaknesses of the monarch.
Roger Collins provides a comprehensive account of the centuries during which Europe became a new culturally coherent, if politically divided, entity. This third edition of a classic textbook history of early medieval Europe is fully updated, rewritten and revised to take account of the latest scholarship and to improve its literary style.
Beginning with their introduction in the eleventh century, and ending with their widespread abandonment in the seventeenth, the author explores many of the country's most famous castles, as well as some spectacular lesser-known examples.
Richard II (1377-99) came to the throne as a child, following the long, domineering, martial reign of his grandfather Edward III. He suffered from the disastrous combination of a most exalted sense of his own power and an inability to impress that power on those closest to the throne. This book deals with his life and work.
Studying European history from 300-900 AD, this textbook combines an account of the historical background of the period with discussion of the social, economic, cultural and political structures of the societies in it. It contains chapter summaries and chronologies; key topic essays discussing archaeological or documentary evidence; and more.
The emotional state of love, the physical act of sex, and the social institution of marriage were central issues of medieval life. This title brings together writings, informative introductions and explanations, to give a vivid impression of how love, sex and marriage were discussed at the time.
Reflecting recent historical, textual and archaelogical research, this revised and updated edition of Michael Wood's classic book overturns preconceptions of the Dark Ages as a shadowy and brutal era, showing them to be a richly exciting and formative period in the history of Britain.
This updated and revised edition examines Spanish history during the 15th and 16th centuries. It deals in particular with the changing relationship between the Christians, Jews and Moslems, as well as the different attitudes which existed towards America, the Inquisition and the Netherlands.
A biography of King Stephen (1134-54), the last Norman monarch whose reign was key in English history as well as the subject of much controversial assessment. Traditionally regarded as a period of anarchy and civil war, recent research has presented a more balanced perspective.
In recent times it has been fashionable to disdain the reign of King Richard I. Serious historians apply differing standards to the history of Richard's reign than popular ones. This study clarifies his position and reign using modern analytical tools.
The third edition of this classic introduction to the period includes even greater use of contemporary voices, full reading lists, and new chapters on East Central Europe and Portuguese exploration. Suitable as an introductory text for undergraduate courses in Medieval Studies and Medieval European History.
Presents an exploration of the Dark Ages, which examines the impact of the Barbarian invasions on Constantine's Christianized empire, and the gradual emergence of a new social, economic and political order. This book discusses the Church and the Papacy, the coming of Islam, and the rise and fall of the Frankish Empire.
Gives an account for twenty years of the interaction between English and Norman traditions and institutions following the Conquest. This work shows how reform movements in the western church, increasing literacy in government, population growth and changing patterns of trade all played their part in shaping the Anglo-Norman realm.
aeo The first comprehensive and fully--researched biography of Matilda ever published in English. aeo Written by the worlda s leading Anglo--Norman scholar. aeo The first comprehensive and fully--researched biography of Matilda ever published in English. aeo Written by the worlda s leading Anglo--Norman scholar.
A survey of the evolution of scripts and a guide to reading historical documents illustrated from a wide range of manuscripts. Each is accompanied by a commentary identifying the type of script, its historical and regional currency, distinctive features and style and a transcription.