First published in 1998, this valuable reference work offers concise, expert answers to questions on all aspects of life and culture in Medieval England, including art, architecture, law, literature, kings, women, music, commerce, technology, warfare and religion.
This wide-ranging text encompasses English social, cultural, and political life from the Anglo-Saxon invasions in the fifth century to the turn of the sixteenth century, as well as its ties to the Celtic world of Wales, Scotland and Ireland, the French and Anglo-Norman world of the Continent and the Viking and Scandinavian world of the North Sea. A range of topics are discussed from Sedulius to Skelton, from Wulfstan of York to Reginald Pecock, from Pictish art to Gothic sculpture and from the Vikings to the Black Death. A subject and name index makes it easy to locate information and bibliographies direct users to essential primary and secondary sources as well as key scholarship.
With more than 700 entries by over 300 international scholars, this work provides a detailed portrait of the English Middle Ages and will be of great value to students and scholars studying Medieval history in England and Europe, as well as non-specialist readers.
Table of Contents
Introduction; Contributors; Entries, Arranged by Category; Kings and Queens of England; Archbishops of Canterbury and York; Popes, 590-1503; Musical and Liturgical Terms; Architectural Terms; The Medieval Castle; The Medieval Church; Maps; Illustrations; Abbreviations; The Encyclopedia; Index
Paul E. Szarmach was Emeritus Professor of English and Medieval Studies, Western Michigan University (2007)
Executive Director of the Medieval Academy of America and Editor of Speculum (2006-2011),Visiting Scholar, University of California at Berkeley, Cambridge, Massachusetts and Albany, California.