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    Ranging from Connacht to Constantinople and from Tynemouth to Timbuktu, the forty-four contributors to The Medieval World seek to bring the Middle Ages to life, offering definitive appraisals of the distinctive features of the period.

    This second edition includes six additional chapters, covering the Byzantine empire, illuminated manuscripts, the 'ésprit laïque' of the late middle ages, saints and martyrs, the papal chancery and scholastic thought. Chapters are arranged thematically within four parts:

    1. Identities, Selves and Others

    2. Beliefs, Social Values and Symbolic Order

    3. Power and Power Structures

    4. Elites, Organisations and Groups

    The Medieval World presents the reader with an authoritative account of original scholarship across the medieval millennium and provides essential reading for all students of the subject.

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    List of contributors


    Preface to the Second Edition

    1. Introduction

    Part I. Identities: Selves and Others

    2. Courts in East and West, Jonathan Shepard

    3. At the Spanish Frontier, Peter Linehan

    4. Muslims in Christian Iberia, 1000-1526, David Nirenberg

    5. How many Medieval Europes? The 'pagans' of Hungary and regional diversity in Christendom, Nora Berend

    6. Christians, Barbarians and Monsters. The European discovery of the world beyond Islam, Peter Jackson

    7. The Empire of Byzantium, Averil Cameron

    8. The Establishment of Medieval Hermeticism, Charles Burnett

    9. What the Crusades meant to Europe, Christopher Tyerman

    10. The Crusades and the Persecution of the Jews, J. A. Watt

    11. Imagines Historiarum: Visions of the Past in Medieval Illuminated Manuscripts, Rosa Rodriguez Porto

    12. Strange Eventful Histories: the Middle Ages in the cinema, Stuart Airlie

    II. Beliefs, Social Values and Symbolic Order

    13. Political Rituals and Political Imagination in the Medieval West from the 4th Century to the 12th, Philippe Buc

    14. Modern Mythologies of Medieval Chivalry, Dominique Barthélemy

    15. The Unique Favour of Penance: the Church and the People, c.800-c.1100, Sarah Hamilton

    16. Gender Negotiations in France during the central Middle Ages: the literary evidence, Linda Paterson

    17. Symbolism and medieval religious thought, David d'Avray

    18. Sexuality in the Middle Ages, Ruth Mazo Karras

    19. Sin, Crime and the Pleasures of the Flesh: the medieval Church judges sexual offences, James Brundage

    20. Through a Glass Darkly: seeing medieval heresy, Peter Biller

    21. À la recherché de l’esprit laïque in the late middle ages, Roberto Lambertini

    22. Saints and Martyrs in Late Medieval Religious Culture, Carl Watkins

    23. The Corpse in the Middle Ages: the problem of the division of the body, Agostino Paravicini Bagliani

    24. The Crucifixion and the Censorship of Art around 1300, Paul Binski

    III. Power and Power-structures

    25. Space, Culture and Kingdoms in Early Medieval Europe, Paul Fouracre

    26. The Outward Look: Britain and beyond in medieval Irish literature, Máire Ní Mhaonaigh

    27. Powerful Women in the early Middle Ages: queens and abbesses, Pauline Stafford

    28. Perceptions of an Early Medieval Urban Landscape, Cristina La Rocca

    29. Assembly Politics in Western Europe from the Eighth Century to the Twelfth, Timothy Reuter

    30. Beyond the Comune: the Italian city-state and its inheritance, Mario Ascheri

    31. Timbuktu and Europe: trade, cities and Islam in 'medieval' West Africa, Timothy Insoll

    32. Medieval Law, Susan Reynolds

    33. Rulers and Justice, 1200-1500, Magnus Ryan

    34. The King's Counsellors' Two Faces: a Portuguese perspective, Maria João Branco

    35. Fullness of Power? Popes, bishops, and the polity of the Church, 1215-1517, James Burns

    36. The papal chancery: Avignon and beyond, Patrick Zutshi

    IV. Elites, Organisations and Groups

    37. A New Legal Cosmos: late Roman Lawyers and the early medieval Church, Caroline Humfress

    38. Medieval Monasticism, Janet L. Nelson

    39. Aspects of the Early Medieval Peasant Economy as revealed in the Polyptych of Prüm, Yoshiki Morimoto

    40. Privilege in Medieval Societies from the Twelfth to the Fourteenth Century, or: How the exception proves the rule, Alain Boureau

    41. What did the Twelfth-Century Renaissance Mean?, Jacques Le Goff

    42. The English Parish and its Clergy in the Thirteenth Century, C. H. Lawrence

    43. Everyday Life and Elites in the later Middle Ages: the civilised and the barbarian, Gabor Klaniczay

    44. Scholastic Thought in Humanist Guise: François Hotman’s Ancient French Constitution, George Garnett

    45. On 1500, Elizabeth A.R. Brown


    Peter Linehan is a Fellow of St John’s College Cambridge and of the British Academy.

    Dame Janet L. Nelson is Professor Emeritus of Medieval History at King’s College London and a Fellow of the British Academy.

    Marios Costambeys is Reader in Medieval History at the University of Liverpool.

    Praise of the first edition:

    'The editors should be toasted for having distilled something of the lively spirit and substance of their subject into a single, concentrated product. Those with a taste, whether refined or modest, for the Middle Ages are urged to partake.' – History Today

    'A rich and exemplary picture of contemporary issues, debates and approaches ... fresh, well-written, and intelligently presented ... invaluable not only to scholars and students of history, but to anyone who has ever wondered at the Middle Ages and its continuing hold on our imagination.' – Professor Patrick Geary, University of California, USA

    'The range of scholarship displayed in this volume is staggering... The Medieval World offers a feast for the beginner and some choice offerings for the seasoned historical palate.' - Professor Miri Rubin, Queen Mary and Westfield College, University of London, UK.