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Introduction to Medieval Europe 300–1500

3rd Edition

By Wim Blockmans, Peter Hoppenbrouwers

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498 pages | 55 Color Illus.

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Introduction to Medieval Europe 300–1500 provides a comprehensive survey of this complex and varied formative period of European history, covering themes as diverse as barbarian migrations, the impact of Christianisation, the formation of nations and states, the emergence of an expansionist commercial economy, the growth of cities, the Crusades, the effects of plague, and the intellectual and cultural life of the Middle Ages. The book explores the driving forces behind the formation of medieval society and the directions in which it developed and changed. In doing this, the authors cover a wide geographic expanse, including Western interactions with the Byzantine Empire and the Islamic World.

This third edition contains a wealth of new features that help to bring this fascinating era to life, including:

In the book:

  • A number of new maps and images to further understanding of the period
  • Clear signposting and extended discussions of key topics such as feudalism and gender
  • Expanded geographic coverage into Eastern Europe and the Middle East

On the companion website:

  • An updated, comparative and interactive timeline, highlighting surprising synchronicities in medieval history, and annotated links to useful websites
  • A list of movies, television series and novels related to the Middle Ages, accompanied by introductions and commentaries
  • Assignable discussion questions and the maps, plates, figures and tables from the book available to download and use in the classroom

Clear and stimulating, the third edition of Introduction to Medieval Europe is the ideal companion to studying Europe in the Middle Ages at undergraduate level.

Reviews

'Instructors seeking an alternative to the standard political and institutional narrative found in most medieval history texts will find the new edition of Blockmans and Hoppenbrouwers to be a superb choice. With its focus on social groups and cultural movements, the text is also written in a fluid style that will engage students. I look forward to using it in my next medieval history survey.'

Edward Tabri, University of Texas at Tyler

Table of Contents

Contents

List of illustrations

List of boxes

Illustration acknowledgements

Introduction

The Middle Ages as a period in European history

From scarcity to hegemony

Medievalism

The book’s arrangement

Part I: The early Middle Ages, 300–1000 13

Chapter 1 The end of the Roman Empire in the West

Governing an empire

Taxation and fiscal policy

The Roman army and the frontier

Economic structure and prosperity

The Barbarian world of the north

The collapse of the Roman order in the West

The later Migration Period

Migrations and ethnogenesis

The barbarian kingdoms in the West

Balance: the end of Roman civilisation?

The survival of the Roman Empire in the East

Points to remember

Suggestions for further reading

Chapter 2 The establishment of two world religions: Christianity and Islam

The Christian Church in the transition from Antiquity to the Middle Ages

The relationship between emperor and pope

Material wealth, accumulation and distribution

Church organisation

Monasticism

Orthodoxy and heterodoxy

Saints and miracles

Spreading the faith

The Arab conquests and the establishment of Islam

Points to remember

Suggestions for further reading

Chapter 3 The powerful and the poor: society and economy in the Frankish kingdoms and beyond

Warlords and landlords

Trade and gift-exchange

Early medieval politics: the Carolingian core

Dynamic peripheries

Points to remember

Suggestions for further reading

Part II: The Central Middle Ages, 1000-1300

Chapter 4 Early kingdoms and principalities

Charlemagne’s legacy

The making of England

The institutionalisation of the state

Points to remember

Suggestions for further reading

Chapter 5 Accelerated growth

Population growth

Volume and nature of agricultural production

New types of local lordship

Knights and peasants: image and reality

Points to remember

Suggestions for further reading

Chapter 6 Religious reform and renewal

Aspirations to reform

The papal monarchy

Reformation and renewal in monastic life

The faithful become visible

Points to remember

Suggestions for further reading

Part III: Expansion and maturation, 1000-1500

Chapter 7 The beginnings of European expansion

The West becomes more aggressive

Shifting Centres of Gravity

The Multicultural Near East

Crusades, Crusader States and Western Colonies in the East

The Later Crusades

The Spread of Faith and Colonisation

East Meets West

Colonising Central and Eastern Europe

Take off to a commercial revolution

The transport revolution

Progress in organisation

A negative balance of payments

The commercialisation of the countryside

Points to remember

Suggestions for further reading

Chapter 8 Thinking about man and the world

The medieval view of the world and mankind

The higher education programme of Late Antiquity and its survival in the early Middle Ages

The formation of universities

The humanism of the late Middle Ages

Points to remember

Suggestions for further reading

Chapter 9: Towns and the urbanisation of medieval society

The Phenomenon of the pre-industrial town

The beginnings of urban society

Urban society and economy in the later Middle Ages

Points to remember

Suggestions for further reading

Part IV: The Late Middle Ages, 1300-1500

Chapter 10 Between crisis and contraction: population, economy and society

War, famine and pestilence

Economic crisis or contraction?

Characteristics of late medieval society

Social contrasts and social conflicts

Points to remember

Suggestions for further reading

Chapter 11 The consolidation of states

Types of state: sovereignty versus suzerainty

The course of events

The Holy Roman Empire and Italy: stalemate

Driving forces in the formation of states

State institutions and social order

Points to remember

Suggestions for further reading

Chapter 12 Crisis in the Church and the reorientation of the faithful

Who leads Christendom?

The popes in Avignon and the bureaucratisation of the Curia

The Great Schism and the conciliar movement

Religious life

Points to remember

Suggestions for further reading

Epilogue

Acceleration

The medieval roots of modern culture

Timeline

Glossary

Bibliography of secondary literature

Index

About the Authors

Introduction to Medieval Europe 300–1500 provides a comprehensive survey of this complex and varied formative period of European history, covering themes as diverse as barbarian migrations, the impact of Christianisation, the formation of nations and states, the emergence of an expansionist commercial economy, the growth of cities, the Crusades, the effects of plague, and the intellectual and cultural life of the Middle Ages. The book explores the driving forces behind the formation of medieval society and the directions in which it developed and changed. In doing this, the authors cover a wide geographic expanse, including Western interactions with the Byzantine Empire and the Islamic World.

This third edition contains a wealth of new features within the book and on the companion website that help to bring this fascinating era to life, including:

In the book:

• A number of new maps and images to further understanding of the period

• Clear signposting and extended discussions of key topics such as feudalism and gender

• Expanded geographic coverage into Eastern Europe and the Middle East

On the companion website:

• An interactive map, which will allow students to engage with the geographical framework of medieval Europe and beyond

• An extended bibliography

• New chapter resources, suggested medieval films and novels to be assigned alongside each chapter.

The companion website is a free resource which also features, for instructors, assignable discussion questions and all of the images and maps in the book available to download, and for students, a comparative interactive timeline of the period and links to useful websites.

Clear and stimulating, the third edition of Introduction to Medieval Europe is the ideal companion to studying Europe in the Middle Ages at undergraduate level.

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
HIS000000
HISTORY / General
HIS010000
HISTORY / Europe / General
HIS037010
HISTORY / Medieval