Surveying the years between 300 and 1550, this outstanding textbook brings a long, complex and varied period of European history vividly to life. Covering themes as diverse as barbarian migrations, the growth of cities, kingship, religious reform, the Crusades, commerce, the Black Death, and the intellectual and cultural life of the Middle Ages, it explores the driving forces behind the formation of medieval society and the directions in which it developed and changed. This inspiring textbook: provides a clear and stimulating survey of medieval history over more than a thousand years covers all the main issues and themes within a clear interpretive framework includes illustrated, focused case studies in each chapter to assist learning, covering topics such as Roman Law, architecture, taxation, advances in medicine, the indulgence trade in the Church and a merchant's manual gives wide geographical coverage and is richly illustrated with over a hundred photos, engravings, maps, tables and figures is written by two leaders in their field with the most up-to-date research and reading.
Taking a world that, by modern standards, was technologically underdeveloped, poor, unjust, violent, and dominated by figures of almost mythical proportions such as Saint Augustine, Thomas Aquinas and Joan of Arc, Wim Blockmanns and Peter Hoppenbrouwers have produced a textbook that should, without doubt, take its rightful place on the reading list of any student of European history
Table of Contents
1. Concepts and Interpretive Frameworks 2. The Roman Legacy 3. The Migration Period 4. Christianity and Islam: The Establishment of Two World Religions 5. Society and Economy in the Early Middle Ages 6. The World of the Franks 7. Accelerated Growth 8. Religious Renewal and Reform (1000-1250) 9. Early Kingdoms and Territorial Principalities 10. Weakening Centres of Power in the East and the Beginnings of European Expansion 11. The Urbanized Society 12. Thinking about Man and the World 13. Between Crisis and Contraction: Population, Economy and Society in the Late Middle Ages 14. The Consolidation of States 15. Crisis in the Church and the Reorientation of the Faithful, 1250-1500 16. New Times?
Wim Blockmans is Professor of Medieval History at the University of Leiden and is Rector of the Netherlands Institute of Advanced Study in Humanities and Social Sciences. Peter Hoppenbrouwers is Professor of Medieval History at the University of Amsterdam.