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2nd Edition

The Medieval World

ISBN 9781138848696
Published February 12, 2018 by Routledge
898 Pages

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Book Description

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.

Table of Contents

List of illustrations

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

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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.