The Civilization of the Middle Ages

The Civilization of the Middle Ages

Book - 1994 | First HarperPerennial edition.
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Now revised and expanded, this edition of the splendidly detailed and lively history of the Middle Ages contains more than 30 percent new material.
Publisher: New York : HarperPerennial, 1994.
Edition: First HarperPerennial edition.
Copyright Date: ©1993
ISBN: 9780060925536
Branch Call Number: 940.1 Can 1993
Characteristics: xi, 604 pages ; 21 cm


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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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