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Inventing the Middle Ages: The Lives, Works, and Ideas of the Great Medievalists of the Twentieth Century

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INVENTING THE MIDDLE AGES

The Lives, Works, and Ideas of the Great Medievalists of the Twentieth Century

In this ground-breaking work, Norman Cantor explains how our current notion of the Middle Ages-with its vivid images of wars, tournaments, plagues, saints and kings, knights and ladies-was born in the twentieth century. The medieval world was not simply excavated through systematic research. It had to be conceptually created: It had to be invented, and this is the story of that invention.

Norman Cantor focuses on the lives and works of twenty of the great medievalists of this century, demonstrating how the events of their lives, and their spiritual and emotional outlooks, influenced their interpretations of the Middle Ages. Cantor makes their scholarship an intensely personal and passionate exercise, full of color and controversy, displaying the strong personalities and creative minds that brought new insights about the past.

A revolution in academic method, this book is a breakthrough to a new way of teaching the humanities and historiography, to be enjoyed by student and general public alike. It takes an immense body of learning and transmits it so that readers come away fully informed of the essentials of the subject, perceiving the interconnection of medieval civilization with the culture of the twentieth century and having had a good time while doing it! This is a riveting, entertaining, humorous, and learned read, compulsory for anyone concerned about the past and future of Western civilization.

Synopsis:

Our images of the Middle Ages--of wars, tournaments, and plagues, of kings and saints, of knights and ladies--are so vivid that it might be difficult to imagine them as modern conventions. In this ground-breaking work, medieval scholar Norman F. Cantor explores the lives, works, and "conjurings" of the great medievalists of the early 20th century.

Synopsis:

Our images of the Middle Ages--of wars, tournaments, and plagues, of kings and saints, of knights and ladies--are so vivid that it might be difficult to imagine them as modern conventions. In this ground-breaking work, medieval scholar Norman F. Cantor explores the lives, works, and "conjurings" of the great medievalists of the early 20th century.

Description:

Includes bibliographical references (p. 442-448) and index.

About the Author

Norman F. Cantor was Emeritus Professor of History, Sociology, and Comparative Literature at New York University. His many books include In the Wake of the Plague, Inventing the Middle Ages, and The Civilization of the Middle Ages, the most widely read narrative of the Middle Ages in the English language. He died in 2004.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780688123024
Author:
Cantor, Norman F.
Publisher:
Harper Perennial
Author:
Cantor, Norman F.
Author:
by Norman F. Cantor
Location:
New York :
Subject:
History
Subject:
Medieval
Subject:
Europe - General
Subject:
Middle ages
Subject:
Historiography
Subject:
Middle Ages -- Historiography -- History -- 20th century.
Subject:
Middle Ages - Historiography - History -
Subject:
World History - Medieval and Renaissance
Copyright:
Edition Number:
1st Quill ed.
Edition Description:
Trade PB
Series Volume:
issue 1 (May 1992)
Publication Date:
19930226
Binding:
Paperback
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Yes
Pages:
480
Dimensions:
9.40x6.14x1.28 in. 1.16 lbs.

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"Synopsis" by , Our images of the Middle Ages--of wars, tournaments, and plagues, of kings and saints, of knights and ladies--are so vivid that it might be difficult to imagine them as modern conventions. In this ground-breaking work, medieval scholar Norman F. Cantor explores the lives, works, and "conjurings" of the great medievalists of the early 20th century.
"Synopsis" by , Our images of the Middle Ages--of wars, tournaments, and plagues, of kings and saints, of knights and ladies--are so vivid that it might be difficult to imagine them as modern conventions. In this ground-breaking work, medieval scholar Norman F. Cantor explores the lives, works, and "conjurings" of the great medievalists of the early 20th century.
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