The Civilization of the Middle Ages

The Civilization of the Middle Ages

A Completely Revised and Expanded Edition of Medieval History, the Life and Death of A Civilization

Book - 1994
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Surveys the history of the Middle Ages, describes the most influential political and social forces, and looks at everyday life.
Publisher: New York : HarperPerennial, 1994
Edition: 1st HarperPerennial ed
ISBN: 9780060925536
Characteristics: xiv, 604 pages ; 21 cm
Additional Contributors: Cantor, Norman F. Medieval history
Call Number: 940.1 CAN

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Feb 15, 2018

This is a monumental work detailing the forces which shaped the Middle Ages. Starting with the decline of the Roman Empire, this book takes the reader through the 1,000 year period we call the Middle Ages. What was so helpful for me was to learn what considerations came into play for events to turn out the way they did. For example, why was the Italian Roman church so powerful for many centuries but eventually lost most of its influence?
If you read it, keep a dictionary on hand. I thought I had a moderately good vocabulary but I had to look up at least one new word on every page.

I give this book 5 stars- The thoroughness and depth of knowledge seems to me outstanding.

Aw_19 Mar 12, 2016

Thorough overview of medieval European history. I have one small criticism: While this book covers a lot of ground, I think the author's treatment of Byzantium doesn't go into enough depth. The book is a little too weighted towards those lands where the Latin church held sway. That being said, this is still a very good introduction to this period of history.


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