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World Lit Only by Fire: The Medieval Mind and the Renaissance Portrait of an Age
World Lit Only by Fire: The Medieval Mind and the Renaissance Portrait of an Age
by William Manchester
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From tales of chivalrous knights to the barbarity of trial by ordeal, no era has been a greater source of awe, horror, and wonder than the Middle Ages. In handsomely crafted prose, and with the grace and authority of his extraordinary gift for narrative... (read more)

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Distant Mirror: The Calamitous 14th Century
Distant Mirror: The Calamitous 14th Century
by Barbara W Tuchman
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Barbara W. Tuchman (1912–1989) achieved prominence as a historian with The Zimmermann Telegram and international fame with The Guns of August—a huge bestseller and winner of the Pulitzer Prize. Her other works include Bible and Sword, The... (read more)

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Mysteries of the Middle Ages (06 Edition)
Mysteries of the Middle Ages (06 Edition)
by Thomas Cahill
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From the bestselling author of How the Irish Saved Civilization, a fascinating look at how medieval thinkers created the origins of modern intellectual movements. After the long period of decline known as the Dark Ages, medieval Europe experienced a... (read more)

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The Making of Europe: Conquest, Colonization, and Cultural Change, 950-1350
The Making of Europe: Conquest, Colonization, and Cultural Change, 950-1350
by Robert Bartlett
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From our twentieth-century perspective, we tend to think of the Europe of the past as a colonizer, a series of empires that conquered lands beyond their borders and forced European cultural values on other peoples. This provocative book shows that Europe... (read more)

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The Crusades: The Authoritative History of the War for the Holy Land
The Crusades: The Authoritative History of the War for the Holy Land
by Thomas Asbridge
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The Crusades is an authoritative, accessible single-volume history of the brutal struggle for the Holy Land in the Middle Ages. Thomas Asbridge—a renowned historian who writes with “maximum vividness” (Joan Acocella, The New Yorker)&... (read more)

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Infidel Kings and Unholy Warriors: Faith, Power, and Violence in the Age of Crusade and Jihad
Infidel Kings and Unholy Warriors: Faith, Power, and Violence in the Age of Crusade and Jihad
by Brian A. Catlos
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An in-depth portrait of the Crusades-era Mediterranean world, and a new understanding of the forces that shaped it In Infidel Kings and Unholy Warriors, the award-winning scholar Brian Catlos puts us on the ground in the Mediterranean world of 1050-1200.... (read more)

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How the Irish Saved Civilization: The Untold Story of Ireland's Heroic Role from the Fall of Rome to Rise of Medieval Europe (Hinges of History)
How the Irish Saved Civilization: The Untold Story of Ireland's Heroic Role from the Fall of Rome to Rise of Medieval Europe (Hinges of History)
by Thomas Cahill
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A delightful and illuminating look into a crucial but little known "hinge" of history in which the author shows that the Irish were not only conservators of civilization, but became shapers of the medieval mind, putting their unique stamp on Western... (read more)

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Warriors of God (01 Edition)
Warriors of God (01 Edition)
by James Reston
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Includes bibliographical references (p. 389-395) and index.... (read more)

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The Crusades: A Very Short Introduction (Very Short Introductions)
The Crusades: A Very Short Introduction (Very Short Introductions)
by Christopher Tyerman
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The image of the Crusaders--chain-mailed knights on horseback, bearing crosses on banners, fighting for their faith under an alien sun--occupies a familiar niche in modern western culture. Yet despite their powerful hold on our imaginations, the Crusades... (read more)

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The Birth of the West: Rome, Germany, France, and the Creation of Europe in the Tenth Century
The Birth of the West: Rome, Germany, France, and the Creation of Europe in the Tenth Century
by Paul Collins
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“Stimulating, encyclopedic, and often downright funny, this is a book worth remembering.” —Stephen OShea, Globe and Mail (Toronto, Canada) “A lively, full-to-bursting history of the turbulent tenth century in Europe…. Collins... (read more)

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In the Wake of the Plague: The Black Death and the World It Made
In the Wake of the Plague: The Black Death and the World It Made
by Norman Cantor
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The Black Death was the fourteenth century's equivalent of a nuclear war. It wiped out one-third of Europe's population, takingmillion lives. And yet, most of what we know about it is wrong. The details of the Plague etched in the minds of terrified... (read more)

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The Alexiad
The Alexiad
by Anna Comnena
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The daughter of the Byzantine Emperor Alexius I, Anna Comnena (1083-1153) wrote this work as an account of her father's reign. Although biased in favour of Alexius, the book yields important insights into his rule and provides a picture of the first... (read more)

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The House of Wisdom: How the Arabs Transformed Western Civilization
The House of Wisdom: How the Arabs Transformed Western Civilization
by Jonathan Lyons
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For centuries following the fall of Rome, Western Europe was a benighted backwater, a world of subsistence farming, minimal literacy, and violent conflict. Meanwhile Arab culture was thriving, dazzling those Europeans fortunate enough to visit cities... (read more)

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The Crusades (Blackwell Essential Readings in History)
The Crusades (Blackwell Essential Readings in History)
by Thomas F Madden
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The twelve readings in this volume represent some of the best recent scholarship on the Crusades.... (read more)

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A Concise History of the Crusades (Critical Issues in History)
A Concise History of the Crusades (Critical Issues in History)
by Thomas F Madden
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'God wills it ' With that cry of medieval knights a new era in European history began. Across Europe a wave of pious enthusiasm led many thousands to leave their homes, family, and friends to march to a distant land in a great struggle for Christ. Yet... (read more)

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Becoming Charlemagne: Europe, Baghdad, and the Empires of A.D. 800
Becoming Charlemagne: Europe, Baghdad, and the Empires of A.D. 800
by Jeff Sypeck
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On Christmas morning in the year 800, Pope Leo III placed the crown of imperial Rome on the brow of a Germanic king named Karl—a gesture that enabled the man later hailed as Charlemagne to claim his empire and forever shape the destiny of... (read more)

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Inheritance of Rome (09 Edition)
Inheritance of Rome (09 Edition)
by Chris Wickham
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A unique and enlightening look at Europe's so-called Dark Ages Defying the conventional Dark Ages view of European history between A.D. 400 and 1000, award-winning historian Chris Wickham presents The Inheritance of Rome, a work of remarkable scope and... (read more)

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Inventing the Middle Ages: The Lives, Works, and Ideas of the Great Medievalists of the Twentieth Century
Inventing the Middle Ages: The Lives, Works, and Ideas of the Great Medievalists of the Twentieth Century
by Norman F Cantor
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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... (read more)

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The Year 1000: What Life Was Like at the Turn of the First Millennium: An Englishman's World
The Year 1000: What Life Was Like at the Turn of the First Millennium: An Englishman's World
by Robert Lacey
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As the Shadow of the Millennium Descended Across England and Christendom, it Seemed as if the World was About to End. Actually, it was Only the Beginning... Welcome to the Year 1000. This is What Life was Like. How clothes were fastened in a world... (read more)

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1215: The Year of Magna Carta
1215: The Year of Magna Carta
by Danny Danziger
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Surveying a broad landscape through a narrow lens, 1215 sweeps readers back eight centuries in an absorbing portrait of life during a time of global upheaval, the ripples of which can still be felt today. At the center of this fascinating period is the... (read more)

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