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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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From Roman Empire to Renaissance Europe

From Roman Empire to Renaissance Europe

1st Edition

Denys Hay
July 10, 2019

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

1st Edition

Henry Kraus
July 10, 2019

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

Derek Pearsall
July 10, 2019

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 ...

Justice and Mercy in Piers Plowman A Reading of the B Text Visio

Justice and Mercy in Piers Plowman: A Reading of the B Text Visio

1st Edition

Myra Stokes
July 10, 2019

Originally published by 1984 Justice and Mercy in Piers Plowman provides a clear and informative introduction to the complexities of Langland’s Piers Plowman. It identifies Langland’s major concerns and shows in detail, passus by passus, how these are developed by him in the first part of the poem ...

Margery Kempe A Book of Essays

Margery Kempe: A Book of Essays

1st Edition

Sandra J. McEntire
July 10, 2019

Originally published in 1992, Margery Kempe looks at one of the most appealing mystics and pilgrims of 15th-century England. The book looks at Margery Kempe, and her book The Book of Margery Kempe, thought to be the first vernacular autobiography in medieval Britain. Original essays in the book ...

Medieval English Benedictine Liturgy Studies in the Formation, Structure, and Content of the Monastic Votive Office, c. 950-1540

Medieval English Benedictine Liturgy: Studies in the Formation, Structure, and Content of the Monastic Votive Office, c. 950-1540

1st Edition

Sally Elizabeth (Roper) Harper
July 10, 2019

Originally published in 1993, Medieval English Benedictine Liturgy is a detailed study of the liturgical use of medieval monasteries in England, spanning 500 years. The study examines the major votive observances that came to fruition in the twelfth century and later and argues that these important...

Medieval English Drama An Annotated Bibliography of Recent Criticism

Medieval English Drama: An Annotated Bibliography of Recent Criticism

1st Edition

Sidney E. Berger
July 10, 2019

Originally published in 1990, Medieval English Drama is an exhaustive bibliography of scholarship on medieval English drama. Each item has been annotated in the bibliography with considerable care; these annotations are descriptive rather than critical and give a clear synopsis of the content of ...

Medieval Liturgy A Book of Essays

Medieval Liturgy: A Book of Essays

1st Edition

Lizette Larson-Miller
July 10, 2019

Originally published in 1997, Medieval Liturgy is a unique and interesting collection of nine essays that explores medieval liturgy from three distinct perspectives: historical, liturgical, and theological. The book includes contributions from eminent scholars of the time and discusses the ...

Medieval Logic and Metaphysics A Modern Introduction

Medieval Logic and Metaphysics: A Modern Introduction

1st Edition

D.P. Henry
July 10, 2019

Originally published in 1972, Medieval Logic and Metaphysics shows how formal logic can be used in the clarification of philosophical problems. An elementary exposition of Leśniewski’s Onotology, an important system of contemporary logic, is followed by studies of central philosophical themes such ...

Medieval Minds Mental Health in the Middle Ages

Medieval Minds: Mental Health in the Middle Ages

1st Edition

Thomas F. Graham
July 10, 2019

Originally published in 1967 Medieval Minds looks at the Middle Ages as a period with changing attitudes towards mental health and its treatment. The book argues that it was a period that that bridged the ancient with the modern, ignorance with knowledge and superstition with science. The Middle ...

Medieval Monarchy in Action The German Empire from Henry I to Henry IV

Medieval Monarchy in Action: The German Empire from Henry I to Henry IV

1st Edition

Boyd H. Hill, Jr
July 10, 2019

Originally published in 1972, Medieval Monarchy in Action covers a period extending from the reign of Henry I to the early years of Henry IV. The book examines how the Saxon and Salian monarchs of the tenth and eleventh centuries built the foundations of the German Empire, this volume contains ...

Medieval Music

Medieval Music

1st Edition

John Caldwell
July 10, 2019

Originally published in 1978, Medieval Music explores the fascinating development of medieval western music from its often obscure origins in the Jewish synagogue and early Church, to the mid-fifteenth century. The book is intended as a straightforward survey of medieval music and emphases the ...

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