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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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Hinges of History #05: Mysteries of the Middle Ages: And the Beginning of the Modern World
Hinges of History #05: Mysteries of the Middle Ages: And the Beginning of the Modern World
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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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 History of the Franks
The History of the Franks
by Gregory Of Tours
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This colorful narrative of French history in the sixth century is a dramatic and detailed portrait of a period of political and religious turmoil.... (read more)

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Four Queens: The Provencal Sisters Who Ruled Europe
Four Queens: The Provencal Sisters Who Ruled Europe
by Nancy Goldstone
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For fans of Alison Weir and Antonia Fraser,acclaimed author Nancy Goldstone’s thrilling history of the royal daughters who succeeded in ruling—and shaping—thirteenth-century Europe Set against the backdrop of the thirteenth century, a... (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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The Making of the Middle Ages
The Making of the Middle Ages
by R W Southern
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This is an absorbing study of the main personalities and the influences that molded the history of Western Europe from the late tenth to the early thirteenth century. Southern describes the chief forms of social, political, and religious organization.... (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 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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Before European Hegemony: The World System A.D. 1250-1350
Before European Hegemony: The World System A.D. 1250-1350
by Janet L Abu Lughod
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By the end of the thirteenth century the regions of Europe, the Middle East, the Indian Ocean area, and China were becoming integrated--through activities in an archipelago of cities located along major land and sea routes--into a world system of... (read more)

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Holy War: The Crusades and Their Impact on Today's World
Holy War: The Crusades and Their Impact on Today's World
by Karen Armstrong
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In 1095, with the tomb of Jesus still in the hands of infidels and the Byzantine empire overrun by Muslim Turks, Pope Urban II summoned Christian warriors to take up the cross and their swords against the Turks and then recover the holy city of Jerusalem... (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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The Crusades, Christianity, and Islam (Bampton Lectures in America)
The Crusades, Christianity, and Islam (Bampton Lectures in America)
by Jonatha Riley Smith
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The Crusades were penitential war-pilgrimages fought in the Levant and the eastern Mediterranean, as well as in North Africa, Spain, Portugal, Poland, the Baltic region, Hungary, the Balkans, and Western Europe. Beginning in the eleventh century and... (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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Fighting Techniques of the Medieval World: Equipment, Combat Skills and Tactics
Fighting Techniques of the Medieval World: Equipment, Combat Skills and Tactics
by Matthew Bennett
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Fighting Techniques of the Medieval World describes the fighting techniques of soldiers in Europe and the Near East in an age before the widepsread use of gunpowder. The book explores the unique tactics required to win battles with the... (read more)

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Warriors of Christendom Charlemagne El
Warriors of Christendom Charlemagne El
by John Matthews
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Tracks the careers of Charlemagne, El Cid, Richard the Lionheart and Barbarossa.... (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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Charlemagne (Vintage)
Charlemagne (Vintage)
by Derek Wilson
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An absorbing biography of the great leader who was the bridge between ancient and modern Europe — the first major study in more than twenty-five years.Charlemagne was an extraordinary figure: an ingenious military strategist, a wise but... (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 Medieval World: An Illustrated Atlas
The Medieval World: An Illustrated Atlas
by John M Thompson
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Sumptuously illustrating the vivid parade of a thousand years of history, this comprehensive historical atlas concentrates on the Mediterranean world but also shows what happened across the globe between A.D. 400 and 1500 —from the fall of Rome... (read more)

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