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Chivalry
Chivalry
by Maurice Keen
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Chivalry--with its pageants, heraldry, and knights in shining armor--was a social ideal that had a profound influence on the history of early modern Europe. In this eloquent and richly detailed book, a leading medieval historian discusses the complex... (read more)

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Life in a Medieval Village
Life in a Medieval Village
by Frances Gies
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This account of medieval villages emphasizes the daily life of peasants-their food, housing and family life; the threatening tensions between them and the lord of the manor; and the place of the Church in their lives.... (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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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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Medieval Family
Medieval Family
by Frances Gies
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The Paston family of Norfolk, England, has long been known to medieval scholars for its large collection of personal correspondence, which has survived five centuries. Until now, however, they have remained virtually unknown to the general reading public.... (read more)

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Byzantium #2: Byzantium (II): The Apogee
Byzantium #2: Byzantium (II): The Apogee
by John Julius Norwich
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Volume 2 of the series. With 32 pages of illustrations, and 7 maps.... (read more)

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The Great Mortality: An Intimate History of the Black Death, the Most Devastating Plague of All Time
The Great Mortality: An Intimate History of the Black Death, the Most Devastating Plague of All Time
by John Kelly
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A compelling and harrowing history of the Black Death epidemic that swept through Europe in the      mid-14th century killing 25 million people. It was one of the most devastating human disasters in history. The bodies were sparsely... (read more)

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Penguin History of Medieval Europe (68 Edition)
Penguin History of Medieval Europe (68 Edition)
by Maurice Keen
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A comprehensive, general survey of Europe from the ruins of the Roman Empire to the rise of the Ottoman Turks.... (read more)

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The Third Horseman: Climate Change and the Great Famine of the 14th Century
The Third Horseman: Climate Change and the Great Famine of the 14th Century
by William Rosen
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How a seven-year cycle of rain, cold, disease, and warfare created the worst famine in European history   In May 1315, it started to rain. It didnt stop anywhere in north Europe until August. Next came the four coldest winters in a millennium. Two... (read more)

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Marriage and the Family in the Middle Ages (Perennial Library)
Marriage and the Family in the Middle Ages (Perennial Library)
by Frances Gies
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< center> A compelling, lucid, and highly readable chronicle of medieval life written by the authors of the bestselling < i> Life in a Medieval Castle< /i> and < i> Life in a Medieval City< /i> < /center> < p align... (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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Last Crusaders
Last Crusaders
by Barnaby Rogerson
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The Crusades were the bridge between medieval and modern history, between feudalism and colonialism. In many ways, the little explored later Crusades were the most significant of them all, for they made the crisis truly global. The Last Crusaders is... (read more)

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Crusades
Crusades
by Michael Paine
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This book examines the bloody, violent, and sometimes farcical reality behind our images of the Crusades, traces the chronology of the campaigns from 1095, when the first crusade was set in motion by Pope Urban II, to 1291, and the fall of Acre, and... (read more)

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Medieval Worlds: Barbarians, Heretics and Artists in the Middle Ages
Medieval Worlds: Barbarians, Heretics and Artists in the Middle Ages
by Arno Borst
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In Medieval Worlds: Barbarians, Heretics, and Artists, medieval historian Arno Borst offers at once an imaginatively narrated tour of medieval society. Issues of language, power, and cultural change come to life as he examines how knights, witches and... (read more)

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History of Private Life #02: Histoire de La Vie Privee, Vol. 2, de L'Europe Feodale a la Renaissance / Renaissance
History of Private Life #02: Histoire de La Vie Privee, Vol. 2, de L'Europe Feodale a la Renaissance / Renaissance
by Georges Duby
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The second volume of A History of Private Life is a treasure trove of rich and colorful detail culled from an astounding variety of sources. This absorbing "secret epic" constructs a vivid picture of peasant and patrician life in the eleventh to... (read more)

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A Concise History of the Crusades
A Concise History of the Crusades
by Thomas F. Madden
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This fascinating book places the Crusades within the medieval social, economic, religious and intellectual environments that give birth to the movement and nurtured it for centuries.... (read more)

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The Mind of the Middle Ages: An Historical Survey
The Mind of the Middle Ages: An Historical Survey
by Frederick B Artz
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"This is the third edition of a near standard survey of the intellectual life of the age of faith. Artz on the arts, as on philosophy, politics and other aspects of culture, makes lively and informative reading."&#8212;The Washington... (read more)

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The Age of the Cathedrals: Art and Society, 980-1420
The Age of the Cathedrals: Art and Society, 980-1420
by Georges Duby
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Recognizing that a work of art is the product of a particular time and place as much as it is the creation of an individual, Duby provides a sweeping survey of the changing mentalities of the Middle Ages as reflected in the art and architecture of the... (read more)

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The Fourth Crusade and the Sack of Constantinople
The Fourth Crusade and the Sack of Constantinople
by Jonathan Phillips
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In 1202, zealous western Christians gathered in Venice determined to liberate Jerusalem from the grip of Islam. But the crusaders never made it to the Holy Land. Steered forward by the shrewd Venetian doge, they descended instead on Constantinople... (read more)

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Reading the Middle Ages, Volume I: Sources from Europe, Byzantium, and the Islamic World, C.300 to C.1150
Reading the Middle Ages, Volume I: Sources from Europe, Byzantium, and the Islamic World, C.300 to C.1150
by Barbara H Rosenwein
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Following her highly acclaimed A Short History of the Middle Ages, Barbara H. Rosenwein now presents a unique edited collection of documents and readings. Spanning the period from c.300 to c.1150, the ambitious Reading the Middle Ages Volume I... (read more)

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