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Studying Late Medieval History

A Thematic Approach, 1st Edition

By Cindy Wood


230 pages

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Studying Late Medieval History is an accessible introduction for undergraduate history students wishing to understand the major topics of late medieval history. Examining the period from 1300–1550, this introductory guide offers an overview of 250 years of transformation, which saw technology, borders and ruling dynasties across the continent change.

The book focuses on ten key themes to explain what happened, who the important personalities were and the significance of these events in shaping medieval Europe. Each chapter is a thematic essay which looks at the central topics covered at undergraduate level including the Church, the monarchy, nobility, parliaments, justice, women, children, warfare, and chivalry. The chapters are supported by a detailed evaluation of the key events students need to know and a guide to further reading for each topic.

Studying Late Medieval History will be essential reading for all those beginning their studies of the late medieval period.


"Cindy Wood’s Studying Late Medieval History does a splendid job of providing readers an admirably clear guide to the structures and society of the later Middle Ages. Undergraduates as well as more experienced readers will learn a great deal from Wood’s thematic approach to this important transitional period of European history, as the quality of the information is at once superb and accessible."

Clementine Oliver, California State University, Northridge, USA

"Studying Late Medieval History provides a great introduction to a historical period that can seem very remote to a new student. Cindy Wood has provide a great overview that will be valuable to students throughout their undergraduate studies in medieval history."

Clare Monagle, Macquarie University, Australia

Table of Contents

Introduction. 2. The Church 3. Monarchy 4. Nobility 5. Medieval Women 6. Children and Education 7. Parliaments 8. Justice 9. Chivalry 10. Wars and Warfare 11. Peasants, Manors and Towns 12. Conclusions Bibliography.

About the Author

Cindy Wood is Lecturer in History at the University of Winchester.

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
HISTORY / General
HISTORY / Europe / General
HISTORY / Medieval