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Civilization During the Middle Ages: Especially in Relation to Modern Civilization

Adams, George Burton
Scribner’s Sons 1922        Dewey Dec.   940.1

“The object of this book is to show how the foundations of our civilization were laid in the past and how its chief elements were introduced, and to depict its progressive development until it had assumed its most characteristic modern features. Its purpose is to show the movement and direction of historic forces, and the relation of the facts of history one to another. In other words … the orderly and organic growth of our civilization.” – Author’s Preface

Contents: What the Middle Ages started with – the addition of Christianity – The German conquest and the fall of Rome – What the Germans added – The formation of the Papacy – The Franks and Charlemagne – After Charlemagne – The Feudal system – The Empire and the Papacy – The Crusades – The growth of commerce and its results – The formation of France – England and the other states – The Renaissance – The Papacy in the new age – The Reformation

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Mont-Saint-Michel and Chartres

Adams, Henry
Houghton-Mifflin 1913        Dewey Dec.   940.1

“This book takes its title from two architectural monuments of the Middle Ages, but is rather a scholarly study of medieval civilization. It discusses literature, history and science, as well as architecture, and is especially valuable in reflecting the change of the medieval point of view between the Romanesque and Gothic periods. (Guide to Historical Lit. 1st. ed.)

Arts and Crafts in the Middle Ages

A Description of Mediaeval Workmanship in Several of the Departments of Applied Art, Together with Some Account of Special Artisans in the Early Renaissance

Addison, Julia de Wolf
Page 1908        Dewey Dec.   940.1

Contents: Gold and silver – Jewelry and precious stones – Enamel – Other metals – Tapestry – Embroideries – Sculpture in stone (France and Italy) – Sculpture in stone (England and Germany) – Carving in wood and ivory – Inlay and mosaic – Illumination of books

A History of Private Life, Vol 1

Volume 2

Volume 3

Volume 4

Aries, Philippe and Georges Duby
Belknap Press 1987        Dewey Dec.   940.1

Vol 1: ‘From Pagan Rome to Byzantium’, Paul Veyne, editor — Vol 2. ‘Revelations of the Medieval World’, Georges Duby, editor — Vol 3. ‘Passions of the Renaissance’, Roger Chartier, editor — Vol 4. ‘From the Fires of Revolution to the Great War’, Michelle Perrot, editor. There is also a fifth volume, covering WWI to the 1990s, that was not found online.
“First of the widely celebrated and sumptuously illustrated series, this book reveals in intimate detail what life was really like in the ancient world. Behind the vast panorama of the pagan Roman empire, the reader discovers the intimate daily lives of citizens and slaves–from concepts of manhood and sexuality to marriage and the family, the roles of women, chastity and contraception, techniques of childbirth, homosexuality, religion, the meaning of virtue, and the separation of private and public spaces.
The emergence of Christianity in the West and the triumph of Christian morality with its emphasis on abstinence, celibacy, and austerity is startlingly contrasted with the profane and undisciplined private life of the Byzantine Empire. Using illuminating motifs, the authors weave a rich, colorful fabric ornamented with the results of new research and the broad interpretations that only masters of the subject can provide.” -Publisher description of Vol 1.

The Oldest Vocation: Christian Motherhood in the Middle Ages

Atkinson, Clarissa W.
Cornell University 1991        Dewey Dec.   940.1

“After tracing the roots of medieval ideologies of motherhood in early Christianity, the author reconstructs the physiological assumptions underlying medieval notions about women’s bodies and reproduction. She then describes the development of “spiritual motherhood” both as a concept emerging out of monastic ideologies in the early Middle Ages and as a reality in the lives of certain remarkable women” -Book jacket

Contents: Christian motherhood: “Who is my mother”? — Physiological motherhood: The wandering womb — Spiritual motherhood: Extraordinary women in the early Middle Ages — Theological motherhood: The Virgin Mother of God — “Mother of love, mother of tears”: Holiness and families in the later Middle Ages — Motherhood reformed: The parson’s wife and her children — The construction of motherhood

The Pastons and their England: Studies in an Age of Transition

Bennett, H.S.
Cambridge University 1922        Dewey Dec.   940.1

The Paston letters have long been known for their wealth of information on English life and manners in the fifteenth century, as well as the political and constitutional history of their era. This volume is an attempt to present in an organized way the information that these letters provide about everyday life.

Contents: The rise of the Pastons – The Paston fortunes – marriage – Love – Women’s life – Parents and children – Houses and furniture – Education and books – Letters and letter-writing – Roads and bridges – Wayfaring – The law – Lawlessness – Religion – The secular clergy – The regular clergy – The life of the countryside

Collected Books on Women’s History and Articles on Women’s History

The Age of the Cloister: the Story of Monastic Life in the Middle Ages

Brooke, Christopher
HiddenSpring 2003        Dewey Dec.   940.1

“Among the most beautiful, spiritual and evocative structures in stone ever built are the medieval monasteries of Europe. The importance of the monastic world, its ideas and ideals, to the rise of Western civilization is second to none. The age of the cloister offers a fascinating overview of the birth and flowering of monasticism, and describes in great detail the everyday monastic life and the faith, literature, economy, architecture and culture of countless monks, hermits, nuns, canons, friars and laymen and women spanning hundreds of years.-Publisher

Europe In The Central Middle Ages 962-1154

Brooke, Christopher
Holt, Rinehart and Winston 1963        Dewey Dec.   940.1

An introduction which explores the emergence of the distinctive character of medievel Europe from 962-1154. The text covers key themes including the reform and revival of the Papcy, the heyday of the medieval Empire, the rise of the Normans and the early Crusades.

Contents: 1. Introduction — 2. Sources — 3. Shape of Europe — Islam — Byzantine Empire — Viking world — Poland — Hungary — 4. Economic life — Agricultural Society Builders — Markets and the growth of towns — Slave trade — Technological advance — Agriculture and colonization — 5. Society — Population — Freedom, serfdom and slavery — Merchants and artisans — The clergy — Place of women — 6. Cities and towns — England, Tuscany and Umbria: a contrast — 7. Travel — 8. Kingship and government — 9. Empire 962-1056 — 10. From the Salians to the Hohenstaufen — 11. Kingdom of the French — 12. Britain and the Vikings — 13. Normans — 14. Crusades, Byzantium and Spain — Christianity and Islam in the Spanish Peninsula –15. Monasticism and Papal reform — 16. The Papal conflicts — 17. New Monastic orders — St. Romuald and his disciples — Augustinian Canons — Gilbertines — Cistercian novice — 18. Schools and Scholarship — St Bernard of Clairvaux — Theology : St Anselm — Canon law — Burchard of Worms and Ivo of Chartres — 19. Popular religion — Religion, art and architecture 20. Medieval marriage — 21. Epilogue: men and movements of the mid twelfth century.

Bulfinch’s Mythology: The Age of Fable ; The Age of Chivalry ; Legends of Charlemagne

3 books in 1 volume

Bulfinch, Thomas
Grosset & Dunlap 1913         Dewey Dec.   940.1

Contains all the classic tales of Bulfinch which pertain to antiquity and the early Middle Age; the northern myths, King Arthur and his knights, the Welsh popular tales called Mabinogion, the hero myths of the British races, and the legends of Charlemagne.

A History of the later Roman Empire: from Arcadius to Irene (395 A.D. to 800 A.D.), Vol 1

Volume 2

Bury, John
MacMillan 1889        Dewey Dec.   940.1

Bury was the leading English-speaking student of Byzantine history in his era.

Contents: Vol I: Book 1: Introduction – Book 2: House of Theodosius – Book 3: House of Leo the Great – Book 4: House of Justin
Vol 2: Book 4: House of Justin – Part 1: Age of Justinian – Part II: Collapse of Justinian’s system – Book V: House of Heraclius – Book 6: House of Leo the Isaurian

Cambridge Medieval History, Vol 1

Volume 2 Volume 3 Volume 4

Volume 5 Volume 6 Volume 7 Volume 8

Bury, J.B. ed.
Cambridge University 1911-1936 Dewey Dec. 940.1

Vol 1: ‘The Christian Roman Empire and the Foundations of the Teutonic Kingdoms’
Vol 2: ‘The Rise of the Saracens and the Foundation of the Western Empire’
Vol 3: ‘Germany and the Western Empire’
Vol 4: ‘The Eastern Roman Empire (717-1453)’
Vol 5: ‘Contest of Empire and Papacy’
Vol 6: ‘Victory of the Papacy’
Vol 7: ‘Decline of Empire and Papacy’
Vol 8: ‘The Close of the Middle Ages’

Cambridge Medieval History Maps, Vol 1

Volume 2 Volume 3 Volume 4

Volume 5 Volume 6 Volume 7 Volume 8

Bury, J.B., ed.
Cambridge University 1911-1936 Dewey Dec. 940.1

These 8 small volumes of maps are intended as supplements to the 8 volumes of the “Cambridge Medieval History’, edited by Bury, J.B., also found on this web page.
 

A History of the Christian Church during the First Six Centuries

Cheetham, S.
Macmillan 1894        Dewey Dec.   940.1

Contents: Part I: From the Origin of Christianity to the Edict of Milan (A.D. 313): preparation of the world – Apostolic church – Early struggles of the church – Growth and ccharacteristics of the church – Great divisions – Theology of the church and its opponents – Organization of the church – Social life and ceremonies of the church
Part II: From the Edict of Milan (A.D. 313) to the Accession of Pope Gregory the Great (A.D. 590): The church and the empire – Theology and theologians – Controversies on the faith – Discipline and life of the church – Ecclesiastical ceremonies and art – Growth of the church – Maps

A Medieval Garner: Human Documents from the Four Centuries Preceding the Reformation

Coulton, G. G.
Constable 1910        Dewey Dec.   940.1

“This book appeals to the increasing body of readers who wish to get at the real Middle Ages; who, however impatient of mere dissertations and discussions, are glad to study genuine human documents, and to check the generalizations of historians by reference to first-hand facts… [The 300] records here printed represent thirty years’ study among all kinds of medieval writings…. They treat of clergy and laity, saints and sinners; spiritual experiences, love, battles, pageants, and occasionally the small things of everyday life. Drawn from six languages…” – Author’s Preface. Many drawn illustrations included.

Charlemagne: The Hero of Two Nations

Davis, H.W. Carless
Putnam’s Sons 1903        Dewey Dec.   940.1

Contents: Europe before Charles – The Franks before Charles – Charles and Carloman – The fall of Pavia – The first Saxon war – Roncesvalle – Second Saxon war – Bavaria – Settlement of Germany – Legislation – Religious policy – The Renaissance – The Imperial coronation – The imperial idea and its effects – The emperor and his court – 800-814 A.D. – Fate of the Franks – The Legend of Charlemagne

Early Growth of the European Economy: Warriors and Peasants from the Seventh to the Twelfth Century

Duby, Georges
Cornell University 1978        Dewey Dec.   940.1

“This book offers a detailed description of the changing character of agrarian life leading up to the ‘take-off of the 12th and 13th centuries. Leading aspects of the technology, the landscape, the demography, the diet, the climate, etc., are placed against the backdrop of emerging mental attitudes pertaining to money, burial customs, marriage, etc. Duby possesses the talent to translate socioeconomic detail into the stuff of everyday life.” -Book cover

Contents: 1. Productive forces — 2. Social structure — 3. Mental attitudes — 4. The Carolingian stage — 5. The final assault — 6. The age of feudalism — 7. Peasants — 8. Lords — 9. Take-off

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France in the Middle Ages 987-1460: From Hugh Capet to Joan of Arc

Duby, Georges
Blackwell 1991        Dewey Dec.   940.1

“Duby examines the history of France from the rise of the Capetians in the mid-tenth century to the execution of Joan of Arc in the mid-fifteenth. He takes the evolution of power and the emergence of the French state as his central themes, and guides the reader through complex – and, in many respects, still unfamiliar, yet fascinating terrain. He describes the growth of the castle and the village, the building blocks of the new Western European civilization of the second millennium AD.” -Publisher

Contents: PART I : The inheritance. The empire — The Frankish people — The principalities — Disturbances — — PART II : Lordship. The village — The castle — The church — King and Lord — — PART III : Origins of state and nation. The great age of progress — Louis VII — Philip Augustus — The south — The thirteenth century — The fourteenth century — The maid of Orleans.

The Knight, the Lady, and the Priest: the Making of Modern Marriage in Medieval France

Duby, Georges
Pantheon 1983        Dewey Dec.   940.1

“This ambitious study sets out to discover what marriage meant in the daily lives of the nobles of the tenth, eleventh, and twelfth centuries. Through entertaining anecdotes, family dramas, and striking quotations, Duby succeeds in bringing his subjects to life, making us feel as if we understand the motives and conflicts of those who inhabited the distant past.” -Publisher

Contents: The marriages of King Philip I — Moral values : priests and knights — Marriage according to Bourchard — Robert the pious — Princes and knights — The heretics — The lives of the saints, male and female — Guibert of Nogent — Yves of Chartres — The royal family — Literature — The lords of Amboise — The counts of Guines.

History of Women in the West, Vol 2: Silences of the Middle Ages

Duby, Georges and Michelle Perrot, eds.
Belknap 1992        Dewey Dec.   940.1

Contents: Christiane Klapisch-Zuber, editor. Writing the history of women / G. Duby, M. Perrot ; Including women / C. Klapisch-Zuber ; The clerical gaze / J. Dalarun ; The nature of women / C. Thomasset ; The protected woman / C. Casagrande ; The good wife / S. Vecchio ; Regulating women’s fashion / D.O. Hughes ; Women from the fifth to the tenth century / S.F. Wemple ; The feudal order / P. L’Hermitage-Leclercq ; The courtly model / G. Duby ; Life in the Late Middle Ages / C. Opitz ; The world of women / F. Piponnier ; The imagined woman / C. Frugoni ; Literary and mystical voices / D. Regnier-Bohler — Affidavits and confessions / G. Duby

The Life of Charlemagne

Einhard
University of Michigan 1960        Dewey Dec.   940.1

“For centuries after his death, the figure of Charlemagne dominated Europe. In legend, he was “the Emperor with the Flowery Beard,” gigantic, two hundred years old. Here, written by a member of his court, is Charlemagne’s life in vivid and personal detail. Einhard shows us the great Frankish king in his own times—in battle, at table, reading St. Augustine, educating his children, molding that rally of civilization we call the Carolingian Renaissance. First “published” about 830 A.D., this book gives life to the Charlemagne of bards and scholars, and a direct view of the most brilliant reign of the Dark Ages.” -Book cover

Contents: The Merovingians – Charlemagne’s Ancestors – Charlemagne’s Accession – Plan of This Work – Aquitanian War – Lombard War – Saxon War – Saxon War (continued) – Spanish Expedition – Submission of the Bretons and Beneventans – Tassilo and the Bavarian Campaign – Slavic War – War with the Huns – Danish War – Extent of Charlemagne’s Conquests – Foreign Relations – Public Works – Private Life – Conspiracies Against Charlemagne – Charlemagne’s Treatment of Foreigners – Personal Appearance – Dress – Habits – Studies – Piety – Generosity – Charlemagne Crowned Emperor – Reforms – Coronation of Louis – Charlemagne’s Death – Burial – Omens of Death – Will – Genealogical table – Map

Beginnings of Modern Europe 1250-1450

Emerton, Ephraim
Ginn 1917        Dewey Dec.   940.1

Contents: The principle of the modern state – The new empire – The new papacy – The rise of a middle class – The Italian republics to 1300 – The Hundred Years’ War – The age of the councils – The age of the despots in Italy – The Renaissance in Italy – The northern Renaissance

Introduction to the Study of the Middle Ages (375-814)

Emerton, Ephraim
Ginn 1916        Dewey Dec.   940.1

Contents: The Romans to A.D. 375 – The two races – The breaking of the frontier by the Visigoths – The Vandals and Burgundians – The invasion of the Huns – The Germans in Italy – The fall of the western empire – The Ostrogothic kingdom – The Lombard kingdom – The Franks to 638 – Germanic ideas of law – Rise of the Christian church – Franks and Mohammedans (Dagobert to Charles Martel) – The monks of the west – The Franks from Charles Martel to Charlemagne – Charlemagne king of the Franks – Foundation of the medieval empire – Beginnings of the feudal system

Mediaeval Europe, 814-1300

Emerton, Ephraim
Ginn 1922        Dewey Dec.   940.1

Contents: The formation of the European states – The Roman papacy during the Carolingian period 814-888 – Revival of the Roman empire on a German basis 888-950 – Degradation and restoration of the papacy 900-963 – Europe at the year 1000 – The empire at its height – The parties in the great struggle – The conflict of the investiture 1073-1122 – The Hohenstaufen policy in Germany and Italy 1125-1190 – The papal triumph over Frederic II 1197-1268 – The Crusades – Growth of the French monarchy – The intellectual life – The feudal institutions – Organization of the middle and lower classes – The ecclesiastical system

Cambridge Illustrated History of the Middle Ages 950-1250

Fossier, Robert, ed.
Cambridge University 1986        Dewey Dec.   940.1

“This is the second volume of one of the finest general introductions to the medieval world of recent times, first published in French by Armand Colin. Volume II begins at the turn of the millennium and covers the extraordinary rebirth of Europe, in terms of demographic expansion, agrarian settlement and organisation, the establishment of towns and villages, the ascendancy of the feudal system, the appearance of formal states and kingdoms, and the dramatic controlling ascendancy of the western Church. In the east, despite the external appearance of grandeur, the Islamic countries were being torn apart by mutual rivalry, while the Byzantime empire lost massive border territories through political and economic incompetence. Full coverage is given to both east and west, and their artistic heritage is displayed lavishly in many of the colour plates. A comprehensive bibliography is also included.” -Publisher

Studies in the History of Mediaeval Science

Haskins, Charles Homer
Harvard University 1924        Dewey Dec.   940.1

Contents: 1: The Science of the Arabs: – Translators from the Arabic in Spain – Adelard of Bath – Hermann of Carinthia – The translations of Hugo Sanctallensis – Some twelfth-century writers on astronomy – The introduction of Arabic science into England – Translators in Syria during the Crusades
2: Translations from the Greek – The Greek element in the Renaissance of the twelfth century – The Sicilian translators of the twelfth century – North-Italian translators of the twelfth century – Versions of Aristotle’s posterior analytics
3: The Court of Frederick II – Science at the court of the Emperor Frederick II – Michael Scot – The De Arte Venandi cum Avibus of Frederick II
4: Other Studies – The abacus and the exchequer – Nimrod the astronomer – Some early treatises on falconry – A list of text-books from the close of the twelfth century

Europe in the Fourteenth and Fifteenth Centuries

Hay, Denys
Holt, Rinehart and Winston 1966        Dewey Dec.   940.1

Contents: The sources — Europe at the beginning of the fourteenth century — Society and its structure : the peasants : population trends — Society and its structure : clergy, nobility, townsmen — The theory and practice of government — Political development in Western Europe — Italians and Italy — Germany and her northern neighbours — The central monarchies / R. R. Betts — Eastern Europe — The papal monarchy : the church as a state — The bonds of religion — The bonds of education, literature and art — The bonds of trade — The future : Europe and the world

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The Social And Political Ideas Of Some Great Mediaeval Thinkers, ed.

A Series of Lectures

Hearnshaw, F.J.C.
Holt 1923        Dewey Dec.   940.1

A lecture by Ernest Barker, surveying medieval political thought, is followed by admirable lectures by different individuals on St. Augustine, John of Salisbury, St. Thomas Aquinas, Dante, Pierre du Bois, Marsilio of Padua, and John Wycliffe. (Guide to Historical Lit. 1st. ed.)

Contents: Introductory: Medieval political thought – St. Augustine and the City of God – John of Salisbury and the “Policraticus” – St. Thomas Aquinas and the papal monarchy – Dante and world-empire – Pierre Du Bois and the domination of France – Marsilio of Padua and medieval secularism – John Wycliffe and divine dominion

Formation of Christendom

Herrin, Judith
Princeton University 1987        Dewey Dec.   940.1

“In a lucid history of what used to be termed “the Dark Ages,” Judith Herrin outlines the origins of Europe from the end of late antiquity to the coronation of Charlemagne. She shows that the clash between nascent Islam and stubburn Byzantium was the central contest that allowed “Europe” to develop, and she thereby places the rise of the West in its true Mediterranean context. Her inquiry centers on the notion of “Christendom.” Instead of taking medieval beliefs for granted or separating theology from politics, she treats the faith as a material force. In a path-breaking account of the arguments over Christian doctrine, she shows how the northern sphere of the Roman world divided into two distinct and self-conscious imperial units, as the Arabs swept through the southern regions.” -Publisher

Contents: Romans and Non-Romans — Christian influende in Late Antique culture — The churches in the sixth century: The Council of 553 — The achievement of Gregory the Great — Byzantium confronted by Islam — The Visigothic alternative — The roots of Christian disunity, 649-92 — Eastern iconoclasm: Islamic and Byzantine — Divergent paths — The Carolingian innovation — The two emperors of Christendom — Conclusion

Daily Living in the Twelfth Century, Based on the Observations of Alexander Neckam in London and Paris

Holmes, Urban Tigner
University of Wisconsin 1952        Dewey Dec.   940.1

“This book presents mediaeval life through the experience of a mediaeval man. The reader goes on a journey with Alexander Neckam, rides the mounts he rode, lodges at hospices such as might have received him, walks the streets of London and Paris as Alexander found them, and visits the schools and baronial estates that he might have visited. Mr. Holmes draws steadily upon his wide, varied, and accurate knowledge of mediaeval literature — Latin, French and English – to say nothing of iconography, painting. and architecture. The reader has a sense of being guided by two men familiar with the ground — one a mediaeval man, the other a modern expert.” -Book cover

Contents: Introduction – London – The Journey and Paris – Lodgings in the city – Gown – Town – The Baron and his castle – Manor house and peasant – “To talk of many things”

The Black Death

Horrox, Rosemary, ed.
Manchester University 1994        Dewey Dec.   936

“From 1348 to 1350 Europe was devastated by an epidemic that left between a third and one half of the population dead. This source book traces, through contemporary writings, the calamitous impact of the Black Death in Europe, with a particular emphasis on its spread across England from 1348 to1349. Rosemary Horrox surveys contemporary attempts to explain the plague. The almost universal belief that it was an expression of divine anger at the sins of humankind did not preclude attempts to explain in scientific and medical terms; or to look for human scapegoats. The final third of the book charts the social and psychological impact of the plague, and its effects in the late-medieval economy. The sources illustrate the fear that spread with the disease and the diverse ways that such terror influenced social behaviour.” -Publisher

Contents: Narrative accounts. The plague in continental Europe ; The plague in the British Isles — Explanations and responses. The religious response ; Scientific explanations ; Human agency — Consequences. The impact of the plague ; Repercussions

Early Christian Ireland: Introduction to the Sources

Hughes, Kathleen
Cornell University 1972        Dewey Dec.   940.1

“Covering the sources of Irish history from prehistoric times to about 1100, this eminently useful survey describes and evaluates the various kinds of material available, the problems they present, and the kinds of questions they answer. The author devotes a chapter each to archaeology (with appendixes on aerial photography and coins), secular laws, ecclesiastical legislation, the annals (with an appendix on the genealogies), secular literature, ecclesiastical learning, hagiography, art and architecture, and eleventh- and twelfth-century history and compilations.” -Book jacket

Contents: Archaeology – The secular laws – Ecclesiastical legislation – The annals – Secular literature – Ecclesiastical learning – Hagiography – Art and architecture – Eleventh- and twelfth-century histories and compilations

Gothic Architecture in France, England, and Italy

Volume 2

Jackson, Sir Thomas Graham
Cambridge University 1915        Dewey Dec.   940.1

 

Social Theories Of The Middles Ages 1200-1500

Jarrett, Bede
1926        Dewey Dec.   940.1

Interesting survey of medieval ideas concerning law, education, women, slavery, property, war, Christendom, and art. (Guide to Historical Lit. 1st. ed.)

A History of the Vikings

Jones, Gwyn
Oxford University 2001        Dewey Dec.   940.1

“An utterly splendid book, quite the most brilliantly written, balanced, and explanative general work on the Vikings ever to appear in English or in any language.” -Scandinavian Studies
“The subject of this book is the Viking realms, Denmark, Sweden, and Norway, their civilization and culture, and their many-sided achievements at home and abroad. A highly readable narrative follows the development of these Northern peoples – the ‘Nordmenn’ – from their origins and the legendary pre-history to the military triumphs of Canute and the defeat of Harald Hardradi at Stamford Bridge in 1066, which symbolically ended the Viking age. The book recounts the Vikings’ exploits in war, trade, and colonization: the assault on Western Christendom; the trading and military ventures to the Slav and Muslim worlds and to Byzantium; and the western voyages of discovery and settlement to Greenland, Iceland, and America. Numerous photographs, maps, and drawings contribute to Gwyn Jones’s rounded portrait of Viking civilization and vividly evoke the importance in their culture of religion, art, and seafaring.” -Publisher

Chivalry

Keen, Maurice
Yale University 1984        Dewey Dec.   940.1

“Chivalry–with its pageants, heraldry, and knights in shining armor–was a social ideal that had a profound influence on the history of early modern Europe. In this eloquent and richly detailed book, a leading medieval historian discusses the complex reality of chivalry: its secular foundations, the effects of the Crusades, the literature of knighthood, and its ethos of the social and moral obligations of nobility.” -Publisher
“Splendid. . . . Keen is exemplary in the use he makes of many kinds of medieval literature, epic and lyric poetry, family and military histories, didactic treatises, translations into the vernacular of books of the Bible and of works from ancient Rome.”–R.C. Smail, New York Review of Books

Contents: Introduction : the idea of chivalry — The secular origins of chivalry — Chivalry, the church and the crusade — The ceremony of dubbing to knighthood — The rise of the tournament — The historical mythology of chivalry — Heraldry and heralds — The idea of nobility — Arms, nobility and honour — The secular orders of chivalry — Pageantry, tournies and solemn vows — Chivalry and war

A History of Medieval Europe

Keen, Maurice
Praeger 1968        Dewey Dec.   940.1

“From the coronation of Charlemagne, in 800, to the close of the Council of Basle, in 1449, Europe, as never before or after, formed a single society. Latin Christendom in the Middle Ages can be thought of as having been a republic, with a common authority … [and] with unique spiritual outlook. Maurice Keen has written a valuable introduction to this period. Designed for the non-specialist, his history ranges over the political, social, and cultural make-up of medieval Europe.” -Publisher

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Ruling the Later Roman Empire

Kelly, Christopher
Belknap Press 2004        Dewey Dec.   936

“In this highly original work, Christopher Kelly paints a remarkable picture of running a superstate. He portrays a complex system of government openly regulated by networks of personal influence and the payment of money. Focusing on the Roman Empire after Constantine’s conversion to Christianity, Kelly illuminates a period of increasingly centralized rule through an ever more extensive and intrusive bureaucracy. The book opens with a view of its times through the eyes of a high-ranking official in sixth-century Constantinople, John Lydus. His On the Magistracies of the Roman State, the only memoir of its kind to come down to us, gives an impassioned and revealing account of his career and the system in which he worked. Kelly draws a wealth of insight from this singular memoir and goes on to trace the operation of power and influence, exposing how these might be successfully deployed or skillfully diverted by those wishing either to avoid government regulation or to subvert it for their own ends.” -Publisher

Small Sound of the Trumpet: Women in Medieval Life

Labarge, Margaret Wade
Beacon 1986        Dewey Dec.   940.1

Describes the daily life of noblewomen, nuns, and peasants in feudal England and Europe. Looks at the treatment of lepers, beggars, prostitutes, and criminals, and offers brief profiles of prominent medieval women.

Contents: Ch. 1. The Precursors — Ch. 2. The Mould for Medieval Women — Ch. 3. Women who Ruled: Queens — Ch. 4. Women who Ruled: Noble Ladies — Ch. 5. Women who Prayed: Nuns and Beguines — Ch. 6. Women who Prayed: Recluses and Mystics — Ch. 7. Women who Toiled: Townswomen and Peasants — Ch. 8. Women as Healers and Nurses — Ch. 9. Women on the Fringe — Ch. 10. Women’s Contributions to Medieval Culture

The Latin Church in the Middle Ages

Lagarde, Andre
Scribner’s Sons 1915        Dewey Dec.   940.1

Contents: The expansion of the Latin church – The Christian life: sacraments and devotions – History of the monastic life – The pontifical state – The papacy and the empire – The political advance of the papacy – The religious advance of the papacy – The pontifical exchequer – The Episcopal elections – Ecclesiastical celibacy – Speculative heresies – Antisacerdotal heresies – The conflict with infidelity and heresy: Crusades, inquisition, councils – Ecclesiastical studies – Ecclesiastical writers

The Birth of Europe

Le Goff, Jacques
Blackwell 2005        Dewey Dec.   940.1

“In this book, French historian Jacques Le Goff places the genesis of Europe firmly in the Middle Ages. He contends that it was in the Middle Ages that many of the institutions and beliefs we consider to be “European” were defined and developed for the first time: ideas about a common Christian society, public spaces, courtship, and marriage. The Birth of Europe presents the historical facts and events that shaped the period, but also the formation of attitudes and concepts of a European “dream.”” -Book jacket

Contents: Before the Middle Ages — The conception of Europe (fourth to eighth centuries) — An aborted Europe : the Carolingian world (eighth to tenth centuries) — A dream of Europe and the potential Europe of the year 1000 — Feudal Europe (eleventh and twelfth centuries) — The “fine” Europe of towns and universities (thirteenth century) — The autumn of the Middle Ages or the spring of a new age?

Medieval Art: From the Peace of the Church to the Eve of the Renaissance, 312-1350

Lethaby, W. R.
Scribner’s Sons 1904        Dewey Dec.   940.1

Contents: The age of Constantine: Rome and the East – Constantinople, Ravenna, and the age of Justinian – Later Byzantine, and Romanesque origins – Romanesque art in Italy – Romanesque art in Germany, France and England – Of Romance art – Gothic characteristics – French cathedrals – French sculpture and painting – French masons – Gothic art in England, Spain, Switzerland, Belgium, and Germany – Gothic art in Italy

Young Medieval Women

Lewis, Katherine J. et al., eds.
St. Martin’s 1999        Dewey Dec.   940.1

Eight essays. Primarily looking at the 14th and 15th centuries in England, the studies cover prostitution, Joan of Arc, the representation of young women in the Malterer Embroidery, rape in medieval literature, queen-making during the Wars of the Roses, female wardship, virgin martyrs, and maidenhood as the “perfect age of a woman’s life.”

Contents: Maidenhood as the perfect age of woman’s life / Kim M. Phillips — Model Girls? Virgin-martyrs and the training of young women in late Medieval England / Katherine J. Lewis — Crowns and virgins: queenmaking during the Wars of the Roses / Joanna L. Chamnberlayne — A positive representation of the power of young women: the malterer embroidery re-examined / Kristina E. Gouralay — Rape in John Gower’s Confessio amantis and other related works / Isabelle Mast — Joan of Arc: gender an authority in the text of the Trial of condemnation / Lilas G. Edwards — Female wards and marriage in romance and law: a question of consent / Noël James Menuge — Pigs and prostitutes: streetwalking in comparative perspective / P.J.P. Goldberg

The Atlas of World History: The Dark Ages

McEvedy, Colin and Sarah
MacMillan 1972        Dewey Dec.   936

“In 400 A.D. most of the world’s 200 million people lived in the broad agricultural belt extending from Europe through Persia and India to China. Pressing on the edges of the civilized world were some three million nomads. In this historical atlas 41 maps in color, many illustrations and concise text follow the fortunes of the Byzantine, Persian, Indian and Chinese empires during the next six centuries. The book also covers the Viking voyages of plunder and transatlantic exploration, the creation of Charlemagne’s Frankish kingdom and the evolution of England from Roman Britain. Europe seemed to have slipped back into barbarism following the fall of Rome, but by 1000 A.D. the nations of present-day Europe had emerged—and with them the foundations of modern society.” -Publisher

Europe in the High Middle Ages, 1150-1309

Mundy, John H.
Basic 1973        Dewey Dec.   940.1

A broad survey of European history between 1150-1309 in which discussion (on a regional or continent-wide basis) of social, economic, administrative and intellectual themes is woven into a framework of political events.

Contents: Part 1 Europe – Social frontiers: clerks and laymen – Cultural frontiers: France, Italy and Europe – Crusades and missions – The Jews – Part 2 Economy – Foundation and growth – Organization – Usury and corporatism – Part 3 Society – Women and men – Workers and farmers – Nobles and the military – Ecclesiastics – Part 4 Government – The Church – The greater monarchies – Princes, senates and assemblies – Princes, villages and towns – Republics – Government and law – Part 5 Thought – Intellectuals – Reason and religion – Enthusiasm and heresy – Repression – Part 6 1300 – Church, state and society – Unam sanctam

Medieval Civilization: Selected Studies from European Authors

Munro, Dana C. and George Clarke Sellery, eds.
Century 1907        Dewey Dec.   940.1

This collection of 40 essays on important topics in Medieval studies was intended for students to use as a supplement to their textbooks.

Syllabus of Medieval History 395-1500

Munro, Dana C.
History Dept., University of Pennsylvania 1919        Dewey Dec.   940.1

This is a detailed topical outline (130 pages), meant to be used as a guide by instructors in medieval history. It includes book recommendations for most topics.

Collected books on global history, civilization and the British Empire at World History

The Black Death

Nardo, Don
Greenhaven 1999        Dewey Dec.   936

“The worst pandemic in recorded history, it is estimated that the Black Death infected two in three Europeans, resulting in the deaths of around 25 million, or a third of the population of the continent. Author Don Nardo explores the complex moral, economic, and scientific implications of the Black Death. Chapters facilitate critical conversations from diverse perspectives to provide a broad understanding of the plague, including the origin of the disease, the hysteria and panic that consumed entire populations, the effects to the economy and culture of the areas affected, and recurrences of plague in later ages.” -Publisher

Source Book of Medieval History

Documents Illustrative of European Life and Institutions from the German Invasions to the Renaissance

Ogg, Frederic Austin, ed.
American Book 1908        Dewey Dec.   940.1

This contains 83 primary source narratives and documents – several per chapter – with introductions to each reading.

Contents: Early Germans – Visigothic invasion – Huns – Early Franks – Angles and Saxons in Britain – Development of the Christian church -Rise of Mohammedanism – Beginnings of the Carolingian dynasty of Frankish kings – Age of Charlemagne – Era of the later Carolingians – Alfred the Great in war and in peace – Ordeal – Feudal System – Norman Conquest – Monastic reformation of the tenth, eleventh, and twelfth centuries – Conflict over investiture – Crusades – Great Charter – Reign of Saint Louis – Municipal organization and activity – Universities and student life – Friars – Papacy and the temporal powers in the later Middle Ages – Empire in the twelfth, thirteenth, and fourteenth centuries – Hundred Year’s War – Beginnings of the Italian Renaissance – Foreshadowings of the Reformation

The Story of the Byzantine Empire

Oman, C.W.C.
Fisher Unwin 1892        Dewey Dec.   940.1

Contents: Byzantium – Foundation of Constantinople – Fight with the Goths – Departure of the Germans – Reorganization of the eastern empire – Justinian – Justinian’s foreign conquests – End of Justinian’s reign – Coming of the Slavs – Darkest hour – Social and religious life – Coming of the Saracens – First anarchy – Saracens turned back – Iconoclasts – End of the Iconoclasts – Literary emperors and their time – Military glory – End of the Macedonian dynasty – Manziker – Comneni and the Crusades – Latin conquest of Constantinople – Latin empire and the empire of Nicaea – Decline and decay – Turks in Europe – End of a long tale

Medieval Children

Orme, Nicholas
Yale Univ. 2001        Dewey Dec.    305.23

“This is a history of children in England from Anglo-Saxon times to the sixteenth century – the first of its kind.” “Starting at birth, it shows how they were named and baptized, and traces the significance of birthdays and ages. This leads to an account of family life, including upbringing, food, clothes, sleep and the plight of the poor. The misfortunes of childhood are chronicled, from disablement, abuse, and accidents to illness, death, and beliefs about children in the afterlife.”- Book jacket

Contents: Arriving — Family life — Danger and death — Words, rhymes, and songs — Play — Church — Learning to read — Reading for pleasure — Growing up

The Age of Reform 1250-1550: An Intellectual and Religious History of Late Medieval and Reformation Europe

Ozment, Steven
Yale University 1980        Dewey Dec.   940.1

“Ozment’s masterly synthesis of the intellectual and religious history of the period 1250-1550 clarifies the impact of late medieval ideas on early modern society. Its appeal derives from its breadth of scholarship and clarity of style. Ozment reviews the current state of research on late medieval intellectual history, explicates the basic ideas of the scholastic, spiritual, and ecclesio-political traditions, and analyzes the impact of these on Protestant reformers.” -Choice

Contents: Interpretation of Medieval intellectual history – Scholastic traditions – Spiritual traditions – Ecclesiaopolitical traditions – On the eve of the Reformation – Mental world of Martin Luther – Society and politics in the German Reformation – Humanism and the Reformation – Swiss Reformation – Sectarian spectrum: radical movements within Protestantism – Calvin and Calvinism – Marriage and the ministry in the Protestant churches – Catholic reform and Counter Reformation – Protestant resistance to tyranny: the career of John Knox – Legacy of the Reformation

Medieval English Nunneries c. 1275 to 1535

Power, Eileen
Cambridge University 1922        Dewey Dec.   940.1

Contents: The Novice – The head of the house – Worldly goods – Monastic housewives – Financial difficulties – Education – Routine and reaction – Private life and private property – Fish out of water – The world in the cloister – The olde daunce – The machinery of reform – The nun in medieval literature –

Medieval People

Power, Eileen
Methuen 1924        Dewey Dec.   940.1

Six short biographical studies which depict the lives of a medieval peasant, a traveller (Marco Polo), a prioress, a Paris housewife, a merchant, and a clothier.

Outlines of Medieval History

Previte-Orton, C. W.
Cambridge University 1916        Dewey Dec.   940.1

Contents: Barbarian migrations – Eastern empire and the Saracens – Fusion of races in western Europe – Development of Feudalism – Papal monarchy – The East and the Crusades – Fall of the western empire and of the papal theocracy – France and England – The councils and the Italian Renaissance – The East and the Turks – The despotic monarchies

The Last Apocalypse: Europe at the Year 1000 A.D.

Reston, James Jr.
Anchor 1999        Dewey Dec.   940.1

“Through Reston’s brilliant narrative and engaging portraits of the unforgettable historical characters who embodied the struggle for the soul of Europe, students are introduced to a pivotal period in history during which an old order was crumbling, and terrifying, confusing new ideas were gaining hold in the populace. From the righteous fury of the Viking queen Sigrid the Strong-Minded, who burned unwanted suitors alive; to the brilliant but too-cunning Moor, al-Mansur the Illustrious Vict∨ to the aptly named English king Ethelred the Unready; to the abiding genius of the age, Pope Sylvester II–warrior kings and concubine empresses, maniacal warriors and religious zealots bring this stirring period to life.” -Publisher

Contents: Prologue: The Battle of Maldon — King Olaf Trygvesson — Thorgeir the Lawspeaker — Queen Sigrid the Strong-Minded — Svein Forkbeard versus Ethelred the Unready — Armageddon at sea — Al Mansour, the Avenging Moor — Little Sancho and Sancho the Great — Forty thousand horsemen of the Apocalpse — Vajk the Saint — Gerbert the Wizard — Theophano, almost purple-born — Otto the Dreamer — Epilogue: December 31, 999 A.D.

The Crusades: A Short History

Riley-Smith, Jonathan
Yale University 1987        Dewey Dec.   940.1

A comprehensive history of the Crusades: an account of the theology of violence behind the Crusades, the major Crusades, the experience of crusading, and the crusaders themselves.

Contents: The birth of the Crusade movement: The preaching of the First Crusade — The course of the First Crusade — The holy places and the Catholic patriarchates of Jerusalem and Antioch — Settlement, government and defence of the Latin East, 1097-1187 — Crusading in adolescence, 1101-1187 — Crusading at its height, 1187-1229 — Crusading reaches maturity, 1229-1291 — The Latin East, 1192-1291 — The variety of Crusading, 1291-1523 — The old age and death of the Crusading movement, 1523-1798

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Medieval Women and the Sources of Medieval History

Rosenthal, Joel T., ed.
University of Georgia 1990        Dewey Dec.   940.1

“Because the records of medieval society were written largely by men and about men, scholars have often assumed that the means for recovering a full picture of the women of that society are simply not available. As this book makes clear, however, the collections of medieval source material contain much more than initially meets the eye. The fifteen essays assembled in ‘Medieval Women and the Sources of Medieval History’ show that familiar sources can be read in new ways to uncover previously obscured information about the status and roles of women in the social, political, economic, and religious life of medieval Europe.” -Publisher

Contents: Medieval women in French sigillographic sources / Brigitte Bedow- Rezak — Exempla / Jacques Berlioz and Marie Anne Polo de Beaulieu — Sexual equality in medieval canon law / James A. Brundage — German source collections : the Archdiocese of Salzburg as a case study / John B. Freed — The charters of Le Ronceray d’Angers / Penny S. Gold — Women and the sources of medieval history / David Herlihy — Old Norse sources on women / Jenny Jochens — Women and the literature of obstetrics and gynecology / Helen Lemay — “Legal history and the medieval Englishwoman” / Janet Senderowitz Loengard. (Cont) De quibusdam mulieribus : reading women’s history from hostile sources / Jo Ann McNamara — Anglo-Saxon attitudes / Joel T. Rosenthal — Saints’ lives as a source for the history of women, 500-1100 / Jane Tibbetts Schulenburg — Coinage in the name of medieval women / Alan M. Stahl — Sources on medieval women in Mediterranean archives / Susan Mosher Stuard

People, Politics, and Community in the Later Middle Ages

Rosenthal, Joel and Colin Richmond, eds.
St. Martin’s 1987        Dewey Dec.   940.1

This book contains a collection of papers focusing on fifteenth-century England, presented at the International Congress on Medieval Studies at Western Michigan University in May 1985, and at a symposium at University of Keele in July 1986.

Contents: The Rising of 1497: a revolt of the peasantry? – Careerism in late medieval England – William Waynflete and the educational revolution of the fifteenth century – Fluid prejudice: Scottish origin myths in the later middle ages – Cheshiremen at Blore Heath: A swan dive – The pre-episcopal career of William Alnwick, Bishop of Norwich and Lincoln – Religious gilds and regulation of behavior in late medieval towns – The household as a religious community – Law and arbitration in Nottinghamshire 1399-1461 – Kings, continuity and ecclesiastical benefaction in 15th century England – A conflict of interest? Chancery clerks in private service

Kings And Vikings; Scandinavia and Europe, A.D. 700-1100

Sawyer, P.H.
Routledge 1982        Dewey Dec.   940.1

A general survey of the subject.

Contents: The age of the Vikings: an introductory outline — The twelfth century — Contemporary sources — Scandinavian society — Scandinavia and Europe before 900 — The raids in the west — Conquests and settlements in the west — The Baltic and beyond — Pagans and Christians — Conclusion: kings and pirates

The Feudal Regime

Seignobos, Charles
Holt 1902        Dewey Dec.   940.1

Explains the usages of feudalism; includes the life and status of the peasantry (manorial system) as well as that of the feudal nobility. (Guide to Historical Lit. 1st. ed.)

The Making of the Middle Ages

Southern, R.W.
Yale University 1953        Dewey Dec.   940.1

“R. W. Southern presents an absorbing study of the main personalities and the influences that molded the history of Western from the late tenth to the early thirteenth century – the formative of modern Western civilization. He describes the chief forms of social, political, and religious organization, analyzing a wealth of concrete, highly significant episodes. As perhaps no other book, this volume recaptures the experience and the individual conscience of the men who guided “the making Of the Middle Ages.” -Publisher
Contents: Latin Christendom and its neighbours — The bonds of society — The ordering of the Christian life — The tradition of thought — From epic to romance

Anglo-Saxon England

Stenton, F.M.
Clarendon 1943        Dewey Dec.   940.1

Contents: Age of the migration – Kingdoms of the southern English – Anglian Northumbria – Conversion of the English peoples – The English church from Theodore to Boniface – Learning and literature in early England – Ascendency of the Mercian kings – Age of Alfred – Structure of early English society – Conquest of Scandinavian England – Decline of the old English monarchy – England and the Scandinavian world – Tenth-century reformation – England before the Norman conquest – Last years of the old English state – Norman conquest – Norman settlement – Reorganization of the English church – Epilogue: The Anglo-Norman state

Classical Heritage of the Middle Ages

Taylor, Henry Osborn
Columbia university 1903        Dewey Dec.   940.1

Contents: Passing of the antique man – Phases of pagan decadence – Antique culture – Pagan elements Christianized in transmission – Ideals of knowledge, beauty, love – Abandonment of pagan principles in a Christian system of life – Christian prose – Christian poetry – Christian art

The Medieval Mind: A History of the Development of Thought and Emotion in the Middle Ages, Vol 1

Volume 2

Taylor, Henry Osborn
MacMillan 1914        Dewey Dec.   936

Contents: Book I: The Groundwork – Genesis of the Medieval genius – The Latinizing of the west – Greek philosophy as the antecedent of the patristic apprehension of fact – Intellectual interests of the Latin fathers – Latin transmitters of antique and patristic thought – The barbaric disruption of the empire – The celtic strain in Gaul and Ireland – Teuton qualities: Anglo-Saxon, German, Norse – The bringing of Christianity and antique knowledge to the northern peoples
Book 2: The Early Middle Ages – Carolingian period: The first state in the appropriation of the patristic and antique – Mental aspects of the eleventh century: Italy – Mental aspects of the eleventh century: France – Mental aspects of the eleventh century: Germany; England – Phases of Medieval growth – The growth of Medieval emotion
Book 3: The Ideal and the Actual: The Saints – The reforms of Monasticism – The hermit temper – The quality of love in St. Bernard – St. Francis of Assisi – Mystic visions of ascetic women – The spotted actuality – The world of Salimbene
Book 4: The Ideal and the Actual: Society – Feudalism and Knighthood – Romantic chivalry and courtly love

Contents:Vol II, Book 4 (continued) Parzival, the brave man slowly wise – The heart of Heloise – German considerations: Walther von der Vogelweide
Book 5: Symbolism – Scriptural allegories in the early Middle Ages; Honorius of Autun – The rationale of the visible world: Hugo of St. Victor – Cathedral and mass; hymn and imaginative poem
Book 6: Latinity and Law – The spell of the classics – evolution of Medieval Latin prose – Evolution of Medieval Latin verse – Medieval appropriation of the Roman law
Book 7: Ultimate Intellectual Interests of the Twelfth and Thirteenth Centuries – Scholasticism: spirit, scope, and method – Classification of topics; stages of evolution – Twelfth-century scholasticism – The univeristies Aristotle, and the Mendicants – Bonaventura – Albertus Magnus – Thomas Aquinas – Rger Bacon – Duns Scotus and Occam – The Medieval synthesis: Dante

A Source Book for Medieval History: Selected documents illustrating the history of Europe in the Middle Age

Thatcher, Oliver J. et al, eds.
Scribner’s Sons 1905        Dewey Dec.   940.1

Contains 325 brief selections dealing mainly with the empire and the papacy but also with feudalism, medieval law, monasticism, and the crusades.
“Our purpose in general has been to present material touching only what may be called the most important matters (persons, events, movements, institutions, and conditions) of the whole medieval period. We have not tried to make a complete source-book for the period, but only to offer in usable form illustrative material which may be of service to both teacher and student in general or information Each is meant to illustrate or illumine one particular thing.” -Editor’s Preface

Romans and Barbarians: the Decline of the Western Empire

Thompson, E.A.
University of Wisconsin 1982        Dewey Dec.   940.1

Examines the fall of the Roman Empire in the West from the barbarian perspective and experience. Standard interpretations of the decline of the Roman Empire in the West view the barbarian invaders as destroyers. Thompson, however, argues that the relationship between the invaders and the invaded was far more complex than the common interpretation would suggest.

Contents: Introduction: Economic Warfare – Part 1: Gaul – The Settlement Of the Barbarians in Southern Gaul – The Visigoths from Fritigern to Euric – Part Il: Italy – A.D. 476 and After – The Byzantine Conquest Of Italy; Military Problems – The Byzantine Conquest of Italy: Public Opinion – Part Ill: Noricum – The End of Noricum – Part IV: Spain – Hydatius and the Invasion Of Spain – The Suevic Kingdom of Galicia – The Gothic Kingdom and the Dark Age Of Spain – Spain and Britain – Barbarian Collaborators and Christians

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Medieval Europe: Its Development & Civilization

Thorndike, Lynn
Harrap 1920        Dewey Dec.   940.1

Types of Society in Medieval Literature

Tupper, Frederick
Holt 1926        Dewey Dec.   940.1

This volume is from the series ‘The Colver Lectures from Brown University’, and contains three lectures.

Contents: Conditions of men – Sins and sinners – The eternal womanly

Medieval Technology and Social Change

White, Lynn Jr.
Oxford University 1978        Dewey Dec.   940.1

“‘Medieval Technology and Social Change’ examines the role of technological innovation in the rise of social groups during the Middle Ages. The feudal nobles achieved their status, institutions, and even distinctive emotions through a sudden mutation in methods of warfare during the early eighth century. Between the sixth and tenth centuries a cluster of inventions profoundly altered peasant life in Northern Europe, and by increasing food supplies provided the basis for urbanization. In the new cities, craftsmen and engineers applied natural power and labor-saving devices to industrial production from the year 1000 onward and laid the foundations of capitalism.” -Publisher

Contents: Stirrup, mounted shock combat, feudalism, and chivalry — The classic theory of the origins of feudalism and its critics — The origin and diffusion of the stirrup — Mounted shock combat and the temper of feudal life — The agricultural revolution of the early Middle Ages — The plough and the manorial system — The discovery of horse-power — The three-field rotation and improved nutrition — The northward shift of Europe’s focus — The medieval exploration of mechanical power and devices — The sources of power — The development of machine design — The concept of a power technology

The Inheritance of Rome: A History of Europe from 400 to 1000

Wickham, Chris
Viking 2009        Dewey Dec.   936

“The Inheritance of Rome is a work of remarkable scope and ambition. Drawing on a wealth of new material, it is a book that will transform readers’ ideas about the crucible in which Europe would in the end be created. From the collapse of the Roman imperial system to the establishment of the new European dynastic states, this book’s most striking achievement is to make sense of a time where many generations of Europeans experience invasion and turbulence, but also long periods of continuity, creativity and achievement. From Ireland to Constantinople, from the Baltic to the Mediterranean, this is a genuinely Europe-wide history of a new kind.” -Publisher

In Search of the Dark Ages

Wood, Michael
Facts on File 1987        Dewey Dec.   936

“Once paid little interest by scholars, the Dark Ages are now viewed as a formative period in the history of Britain, one that not only determined the fate of the country, but also influenced world events for the centuries that followed this era. Written by Michael Wood, an expert in early Anglo-Saxon history and host of the classic BBC TV In Search Of… series, this volume is a readable reference on the period spanning the Roman invasion of Britain to the Norman conquest of the eleventh century. Photographs of artifacts and ruins and helpful maps complement a highly engaging narrative to describe the astonishing discoveries about the key events of the era and the people who lived through them.” -Publisher

Contents: Boadicea — King Arthur — The Sutton Hoo man — Offa — Alfred the Great — Athelstan — Eric Bloodaxe — Ethelred the Unready — William the Conqueror.

History of Mediaeval Philosophy

Wulf, Maurice de
Longman’s, Green 1909        Dewey Dec.   940.1

Contents:Historical Introduction: Grecian and Patristic philosophies – First period: Medieval philosophy to the end of the twelfth century – Second Period: Medieval philosophy in the thirteenth century – Third period: Medieval philosophy during the fourteenth and first half of the fifteenth centuries – Fourth period: Medieval philosophy from the middle of the fifteenth to the seventeenth century

Many of the books on this page were recommended by the American Historical Association, in the: Guide to Historical Literature (1st edition), edited by George M. Dutcher et al. (1936),
or in the:
Guide to Historical Literature (3rd edition) 2 vols. edited by Mary Beth Norton and Pamela Gerardi (1995) Volume 1 Volume 2


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