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Icons of the Middle Ages [2 Volumes]: Rulers, Writers, Rebels, and Saints (Greenwood Icons)by Lister M. Matheson
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Drawing on the latest research, Icons of the Middle Ages: Rulers, Writers, Rebels, and SaintS≪/i> examines the lives of some of the most remarkable personalities of the Medieval Era—powerful, ruthless, compassionate, brilliant people who remain widely influential today.
Each portrait in this extraordinary gallery sets its subject in the context of their world, revealing what we really know about their lives, their iconic status in their own times, and their lasting legacies in our time. Readers will encounter fascinating individuals devoted to the pursuit of power (Richard III), to freedom (Robert the Bruce), to philosophy and religion (Maimonides; Thomas More), and to the arts (Dante; Hildegard of Bingen). Additional chapters explore life in the medieval castle and the advent of siege warfare—two defining developments in the Middle Ages.
Book News Annotation:
This two volume biographical encyclopedia of important figures of the Middle Ages provides high school and undergraduate scholars with a foundational overview for understanding the men and women who shaped this formative period of history. Each entry includes an historical illustration of the figure, biographical background, information on their contributions to politics, literature, art, or culture, and annotated quoted passages, or other examples, of their major works. The text covers political figures such as Charlemagne, Robert the Bruce, and Richard the Third, literary notables such as Chaucer and Dante, and religious and philosophical personae such as Francis of Assisi, Joan of Arc, and Thomas More. Contributors are academics in history, classical studies and related fields from universities around the world. Annotation ©2012 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
From Thomas Becket to Charlemagne, from Leif Erickson to Count Dracula, this series of biographical essays separates truth from legend as it explores the lives of some of the most accomplished and influential figures of medieval history.
• Presents in lively fashion the fascinating careers of major medieval figures whose influence extends to the present day
• Separates fact from fiction as it reveals what we really know about the real people and legendary characters
• Demonstrates how the long-ago past continues to influence the present in many popular cultural spheres
• Contributions from 18 accomplished scholars and writers bring their fascinating medieval era subjects to life in 20 entries—18 biographical and 2 topical entries
• Bibliographical references and "Suggestions for Further Reading" for each chapter
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