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.
Published to coincide with a British Library exhibition of the same name, this study explores the background and history of this artwork and symbol of Christianity. Sections examine aspects of the Anglo-Saxon world: the heritage of the people who lived and ruled and how and why this book was made.
This collection of sources demonstrates the variety of evidence that survives of English women in all walks of life from the time of Edward I to the eve of the Reformation. An overview is included of current thinking about English medieval women below the level of the greater aristocracy.
Provides a starting point for researchers and students investigating the Viking settlement of Britain. This book considers the history and development of contemporary debates about Scandinavian settlement, and examines differences between rural and urban Viking settlement. It looks at the Scandinavian conversion to Christianity.
What is Medieval History? provides an accessible, far-ranging and passionate guide to the study of medieval history. The book discusses the creation of the academic field, the nature of the sources, the intellectual tools used by medievalists, and key areas of thematic importance from the fall of the Roman Empire to the Reformation.
William Wallace of Elderslie, younger son of a country knight, came to fame through his active opposition to the aggressive imperialism of England's King Edward I. This work cuts through the myths still perpetuated today to produce a biography of Wallace driven by contemporary medieval records rather than Victorian legends.
Castle studies have been transformed in recent years with a movement away from the traditional interpretation of castles as static military structures towards a wider view of castles as aesthetic symbols of power, with a more complicated relationship with the landscape.
A fully illustrated exploration of fifteen writing styles drawn from historical manuscripts. Clear examples show how the scripts were developed and used in the past and how they can be written by modern calligraphers.
1314. On a marsh-fringed plain south of Stirling Castle, King Robert the Bruce led the Scottish army in a singularly devastating victory over the English. Bannockburn was Scotland's greatest battlefield triumph, achieved against the odds by a combination of brilliant tactical leadership and the fatal overconfidence of the English King, Edward II.
For many years, scholars struggled to write the history of the constitution and political structure of the Holy Roman Empire. This book argues that this was because the political and social order could not be understood without considering the rituals and symbols that held the Empire together.
The reign of King Stephen (1135-54) has usually been seen as uniquely disastrous in the history of the medieval England. This book aims to challenge this picture and shows that much of what has been written about Stephen has been based on the selective use of the testimony of hostile witnesses.
The men and women who gathered at the Tabard Inn in Chaucer's "Canterbury Tales" are the most famous of the thousands of pilgrims who set off to the various shrines in the middle ages. This book looks at the most famous shrines, notably that of St Thomas Becket at Canterbury, and also describes the local pilgrimages and cults, their rise and fall.
Vikings plagued the coasts of Ireland and Britain in the 790s. A particularly successful viking leader named Aivarr campaigned on both sides of the Irish Sea in the 860s. This book provides a political analysis of the deeds of Aivarr's family from their first appearance in Insular records down to the year 1014.
Edward III lived through bloody and turbulent times. His father was deposed by his mother and her lover when he was still a teenager; a third of England's population was killed by the Black Death midway through his reign; and the intractable Hundred Years War with France began under his leadership.
Relics affected everyone in medieval society. In this book, the author illustrates that the pervasiveness and variety of relics answered very specific needs of ordinary people across a darkened Europe under threat of political upheavals, disease, and hellfire. It examines an array of relics in the broad social and cultural context of their age.
Offers a reinterpretation of how European civilization as we know it arose in the wake of utter chaos in Rome, France and Germany - not in the 11th or 12th century, as is commonly thought, but during the 10th. This book tells the story of this transformation from chaos to order, and explores the strange and alien landscape of Europe in transition.
A study of magic in western Europe in the early Middle Ages. It is a scholarly and challenging book which makes a major contribution to the study of the Christianization of Europe. 'both significant and provocative ... a big, beautifully written and wonderfully learned book.' Times Higher Education Supplement.