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Routledge Library Editions: The Medieval World


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The volumes in this set, originally published between 1938 and 1994, draw together research by leading academics in the area of medieval history and medieval literature, and provide a rigorous examination of related key issues. The volume examines medieval history from the early Middle Ages, right up until the Reformation, as well as the effect of the medieval period on later cultures, such as the Victorians. This collection draws together books on the monarchy, medieval philosophy, religion, art, music, psychology and architecture as well as volumes on medieval archeology. The collection also brings together key volumes on medieval literature of the period, with formative works examining medieval religious literature, medieval legends and oral tradition. The collection also includes titles examining specific poems from the period such as Piers Plowman, Sir Gawain and the Green Knight and The Pearl, as well as volumes on influential writers of the period such as Jean Froissant, John Lydgate and Margery Kempe. This collection brings back into print a collection of insightful and detailed books on the diverse medieval period and will be a must have resource for academics and students, not only of history and literature, but of anthropology, music, psychology and religion.

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A History of Early Medieval Europe From 476-911

A History of Early Medieval Europe: From 476-911

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Margaret Deanesley
December 31, 2020

Originally published in 1956, A History of Early Medieval Europe traces the changes that took place in Europe between the fifth and tenth centuries, a time of social and political upheaval, when the organization of the Roman Empire, with its single emperor, army and civil service, was replaced by ...

A History of Europe 911-1198

A History of Europe 911-1198

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Z.N. Brooke
December 31, 2020

Originally published in 1938, A History of Europe 911-1198 is a comprehensive and scholarly history of Europe from the revival of the Empire under the German kings to the great religious and political conflicts of the late twelfth century. This book will be of interest to students and scholars of ...

A Reading of Sir Gawain and the Green Knight

A Reading of Sir Gawain and the Green Knight

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J A Burrow
December 31, 2020

Originally published in 1965, A Reading of Sir Gawain and the Green Knight is an interpretation of the most important poem in Middle English literature, the only fourteenth century work which can stand beside Chaucer. The book examines the poem’s conventions and purposes in a critical analysis and ...

Alliterative Poetry of the Later Middle Ages An Anthology

Alliterative Poetry of the Later Middle Ages: An Anthology

1st Edition

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Thorlac Turville-Petre
December 31, 2020

Originally published in 1989, Alliterative Poetry of the Later Middle Ages is an anthology of texts looking at the tradition of alliterative poetry in medieval English literature. The book presents lesser known alliterative Middle English poems, which are unmodernised and include explanatory ...

Animals in Art and Thought To the End of the Middle Ages

Animals in Art and Thought: To the End of the Middle Ages

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Francis Klingender, Evelyn Antal, John P Harthan
December 31, 2020

Originally published in 1971, Animals in Art and Thought discusses the ways in which animals have been used by man in art and literature. The book looks at how they have been used to symbolise religious, social and political beliefs, as well as their pragmatic use by hunters, sportsmen, and farmers...

Early Middle English Literature

Early Middle English Literature

1st Edition

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R. M. Wilson
December 31, 2020

Originally published in 1939, Early Middle English Literature is a comprehensive overview of various aspects of early Middle English literature. The book examines authorship and provenance and the effect this had upon the literature of the period. This text examines literature from the period of ...

English Justice Between the Norman Conquest and the Great Charter, 1066-1215

English Justice: Between the Norman Conquest and the Great Charter, 1066-1215

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Doris M. Stenton
December 31, 2020

Originally published in 1965, English Justice between the Norman Conquest and the Great Charter discusses the history of English justice in the period of the Norman Conquest, of the Angevin achievements, and of the contrasting reigns of Richard I and John. This book looks at this period in light of...

English Mediaeval Pilgrimage

English Mediaeval Pilgrimage

1st Edition

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D. J. Hall
December 31, 2020

Originally published in 1965, English Medieval Pilgrimage provides a detailed overview of the history of pilgrimage during the medieval period. The book looks at how the process of pilgrimage was more than a religious exercise, acting as a custom, a means of escape and a form of entertainment, as ...

Exploring Castles

Exploring Castles

1st Edition

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W. Douglas Simpson
December 31, 2020

Originally published in 1957, Exploring Castles examines the 'classic' castle story. The book traces the origins of castles across England and Scotland, from the early Norman Castles, to Edwardian, all the way up to the ‘modern’ castles. The book case studies on individual castles, such as ...

From Roman Empire to Renaissance Europe

From Roman Empire to Renaissance Europe

1st Edition

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Denys Hay
December 31, 2020

Originally published in 1953 From Roman Empire to Renaissance Europe looks at the broader picture of the Middle Ages, drawn in terms of the men and women and the situations that they had to face. The constant theme of change is revealed not by detailed narrative of elements but by commentary and ...

Gold Was the Mortar The Economics of Cathedral Building

Gold Was the Mortar: The Economics of Cathedral Building

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Henry Kraus
December 31, 2020

Originally published in 1979, Gold Was the Mortar details the financing and the building of the medieval cathedrals at Paris, Amiens, Toulouse, Lyon, Strasbourg, York, Poitiers and Rouen. The book examines the raising of funds and their expenditure, not only on the Cathedrals themselves, but also ...

John Lydgate

John Lydgate

1st Edition

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Derek Pearsall
December 31, 2020

Originally published in 1970, John Lydgate sets out to restore a sense of perspective to the work of Lydgate, not by attributing a spurious modernity as a precursor of the Renaissance, but by accepting the fact that he is fundamentally medieval. The book analyses Lydgate’s background in literary ...

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