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The Plantagenets: The Kings That Made Britain

by Derek Wilson Quercus (December 09, 2014)

Plantagenet is the name given to the English royal house descended from the union of Queen Matilda of England and her second husband Geoffrey of Anjou. The name derived from Geoffrey's nickname, which came from...


Medievalia et Humanistica, No. 36: Studies in Medieval and Renaissance Culture

by PAUL MAURICE CLOGAN, Z T. Kosztolnyik, John Bugbee & Annemarie Weyl Carr et al. Rowman & Littlefield Publishers (January 16, 2011)

Since its founding in 1943, Medievalia et Humanistica has won worldwide recognition as the first scholarly publication in America to devote itself entirely to medieval and Renaissance studies. Since 1970, a...


In the Wake of the Plague

by Norman F. Cantor Simon & Schuster (October 14, 2014)

Much of what we know about the greatest medical disaster ever, the Black Plague of the fourteenth century, is wrong. The details of the Plague etched in the minds of terrified schoolchildren -- the hideous black...


Dark Mirror

by Sara Lipton Henry Holt and Co. (November 04, 2014)

In Dark Mirror, Sara Lipton offers a fascinating examination of the emergence of anti-Semitic iconography in the Middle Ages

The straggly beard, the hooked nose, the bag of coins, and gaudy apparel—the religious...


Infidel Kings and Unholy Warriors

by Brian A. Catlos Farrar, Straus and Giroux (August 26, 2014)

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...


Medievalia et Humanistica, No. 35: Studies in Medieval and Renaissance Culture

by PAUL MAURICE CLOGAN Rowman & Littlefield Publishers (December 15, 2009)

Since its founding in 1943, Medievalia et Humanistica has won worldwide recognition as the first scholarly publication in America to devote itself entirely to medieval and Renaissance studies. Since 1970, a...


The Last English King

by Julian Rathbone St. Martin's Press (July 15, 2014)

On September 27, 1066, Duke William of Normandy sailed for England with hundreds of ships and over 8,000 men. King Harold of England, weakened by a ferocious Viking invasion from the north, could muster little...


History in the Comic Mode: Medieval Communities and the Matter of Person

by Rachel Fulton Brown & Bruce W. Holsinger Columbia University Press (May 01, 2007)

In this groundbreaking collection, twenty-one prominent medievalists discuss continuity and change in ideas of personhood and community and argue for the viability of the comic mode in the study and recovery...


Echoes of Aquinas in Cusanus's Vision of Man

by Markus Führer Lexington Books (February 19, 2014)

This book examines the influence of Saint Thomas Aquinas upon Nicholas of Cusa’s (Cusanus) doctrine of human nature. It explores this influence against the background of other authors associated with Cusanus’...


Beatific Enjoyment in Medieval Scholastic Debates: The Complex Legacy of Saint Augustine and Peter Lombard

by Severin Valentinov Kitanov Lexington Books (March 25, 2014)

Beatific Enjoyment in Medieval Scholastic Debates traces the reception of Saint Augustine’s concept of beatific enjoyment (fruitio beatifica) in Peter Lombard’s Sentences. It identifies the main themes and...


Illuminated Manuscripts

by Jp. A. Calosse & Tamara Waronowa Parkstone International (January 10, 2007)

Those who have had the chance to hold a medieval manuscript in their hands cannot fail to have been impressed by the feeling of being in touch with a long-passed epoch. Back when a book was a true handicraft...


Blood Royal: A True Tale of Crime and Detection in Medieval Paris

by Eric Jager Little, Brown and Company (February 25, 2014)

A riveting true story of murder and detection in 15th-century Paris, by one of the most brilliant medievalists of his generation.

On a chilly November night in 1407, Louis of Orleans was murdered by a band of...


Life and Work in Medieval Europe

by P. Boissonade Dover Publications (April 13, 2012)

Erudite yet readable work traces the economic evolution of Europe from 5th to 15th century. Focusing on working people, it covers breakup of feudal estates, development of small craft and large capitalist industries,...


Medieval Literature in Translation

by Charles W. Jones Dover Publications (December 21, 2012)

Comprehensive anthology contains exquisite cross-section of Western medieval literature, from Boethius and Augustine to Dante, Abelard, Marco Polo, and Villon, in masterful translations. "No better anthology...


Medieval Tales and Stories: 108 Prose Narratives of the Middle Ages

by Stanley Appelbaum Dover Publications (July 05, 2012)

Wide-ranging stories offer glimpse into witchcraft, magic, Crusaders, astrology, alchemy, pacts with the Devil, chivalry, trial by torture, church councils, mercantile life, other elements of Middle Ages.


The Medieval Village

by G. G. Coulton Dover Publications (July 12, 2012)

Exceptionally well-documented vivid study of serfdom, manorial customs, abbeys, village discipline, peasant revolts, justice, religious education, tithing, much more. Illustrated. "...a remarkable book..."—...


The Medieval Scene: An Informal Introduction to the Middle Ages

by G. G. Coulton Dover Publications (December 26, 2012)

Vivid, eminently readable account provides fascinating insights into the Church's role in village life, the development of towns, the growth of chivalry, monasticism, trade, more. "...admirable and entirely...


Philosophy and Civilization in the Middle Ages

by Maurice DeWulf Dover Publications (November 29, 2012)

From Anselm and Abelard to Thomas Aquinas and William of Occam, this classic study offers an accessible view of medieval history, covering scholastic, ecclesiastic, classicist, and secular thought of the 12th...


Religious Art in France of the Thirteenth Century

by Emile Mâle Dover Publications (October 19, 2012)

Classic by noted art historian focuses on French cathedrals of the 13th century as apotheosis of medieval style. Iconography, bestiaries, illustrated calendars, gospels, secular history, many other aspects....


William Wallace: Guardian of Scotland

by A. F. Murison Dover Publications (April 02, 2012)

Dramatic account recalls legendary life of great Scottish patriot from his youth and early adulthood, when he spearheaded guerrilla warfare against the English, to his ultimate betrayal and execution.


Jewish Life in the Middle Ages

by Israel Abrahams Dover Publications (February 09, 2012)

Topics include social functions of the synagogue, communal organizations, love, courtship and marriage, monogamy and home life, trades and occupations, medieval pastimes and personal relations between Christians...


The Book of the Sacred Magic of Abramelin the Mage

by S. L. MacGregor Mathers Dover Publications (June 14, 2012)

Medieval manuscript of ceremonial magic. Basic document in Aleister Crowley, Golden Dawn groups.


Renaissance and Medieval Costume

by Camille Bonnard Dover Publications (August 24, 2012)

This illustrated study displays a detailed gallery of costumes worn in the 11th through the 15th centuries. The 120 full-color plates exhibit apparel worn by nobility, knights, soldiers, the bourgeois, ecclesiastics,...


A History of the Vikings

by T. D. Kendrick Dover Publications (February 16, 2012)

Enthralling, well-documented, and vivid account by a leading authority on the subject chronicles the activities of those bold sea raiders of the North who terrorized Europe from the 8th to the 11th centuries....


Medieval People

by Eileen Power Dover Publications (February 23, 2012)

Classic study vividly recreates the lives of 6 ordinary people who lived between the 9th and 16th centuries — from a peasant on a country estate to a cloth maker.


The Last Knight

by Norman F. Cantor Free Press (May 11, 2010)

There may not be a more fascinating a historical period than the late fourteenth century in Europe. The Hundred Years' War ravaged the continent, yet gallantry, chivalry, and literary brilliance flourished in...


The Rise of the Tudors

by Chris Skidmore St. Martin's Press (January 14, 2014)

On the morning of August 22, 1485, in fields several miles from Bosworth, two armies faced each other, ready for battle. The might of Richard III's army was pitted against the inferior forces of the upstart...


The Wife Of Bath's Tale

by Geoffrey Chaucer HarperPerennial Classics (January 21, 2014)

When an eclectic group of pilgrims take turns telling tales while on the road to Canterbury Cathedral, the Wife of Bath, an older woman who has been married and widowed five times, tells her tale . . . eventually....


The Time Traveler's Guide to Medieval England

by Ian Mortimer Touchstone (December 29, 2009)

The past is a foreign country.

This is your guidebook.

A time machine has just transported you back to the fourteenth century. What do you see? How do you dress? How do you earn a living and how much are you...


Medievalia et Humanistica, No. 39: Studies in Medieval and Renaissance Culture: New Series

by Nina Tomaszewski, Reinhold F. Glei & Wolfgang Polleichtner Rowman & Littlefield Publishers (November 26, 2013)

Since its founding in 1943, Medievalia et Humanistica has won worldwide recognition as the first scholarly publication in America to devote itself entirely to medieval and Renaissance studies. Volume 39 showcases...


1453: The Holy War for Constantinople and the Clash of Islam and the West

by Roger Crowley Hachette Books (February 12, 2013)

A gripping exploration of the fall of Constantinople and its connection to the world we live in today.

The fall of Constantinople in 1453 signaled a shift in history and the end of the Byzantium Empire. Roger...


Muslims in Medieval Italy: The Colony at Lucera

by Julie Taylor Lexington Books (August 19, 2003)

Muslims in Medieval Italy is the history of a Muslim colony established at Lucera in southern Italy during the Middle Ages. It examines Muslim-Christian Relations, the legal and social status of Muslims in Christiandom,...


Contesting Christendom: Readings in Medieval Religion and Culture

by James L. Halverson Rowman & Littlefield Publishers (July 27, 2007)

This reader fills a gap in classroom offerings by exploring historians' ongoing attempt to understand the social and cultural aspects of medieval Christianity. James L. Halverson organizes his selections around...


Cathedral, Forge, and  Waterwheel: Technology and Invention in the Middle Ages

by Frances Gies & Joseph Gies HarperCollins e-books (September 21, 2010)

An illuminating look at the monumental inventions of the Middle Ages, by the authors of Life in a Medieval Castle.


A Medieval Family

by Frances Gies & Joseph Gies HarperCollins e-books (September 21, 2010)

The fascinating story of the fortunes of one medieval family over the course of a century, from bestselling historians Frances and Joseph Gies.

The Pastons were members of the English gentry—a tiny group of...


Life in a Medieval Castle

by Joseph Gies & Frances Gies HarperCollins (August 03, 2010)

From acclaimed historians Frances and Joseph Gies comes the reissue of this definitive classic on medieval castles, which was a source for George R.R. Martin’s Game of Thrones series.

“Castles are crumbly...


The Knight in History

by Frances Gies HarperCollins e-books (August 03, 2010)

"A carefully researched, concise, readable, and entertaining account of an institution that remains a part of the Western imagination."--Los Angeles Times


The Crusades: The Authoritative History of the War for the Holy Land

by Thomas Asbridge HarperCollins e-books (March 30, 2010)

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”...


God's Battalions

by Rodney Stark HarperOne (September 29, 2009)

In God’s Battalions, distinguished scholar Rodney Stark puts forth a controversial argument that the Crusades were a justified war waged against Muslim terror and aggression. Stark, the author of The Rise...


The Norman Conquest: England after William the Conqueror

by Hugh M. Thomas Rowman & Littlefield Publishers (October 15, 2007)

Exploring the successful Norman invasion of England in 1066, this concise and readable book focuses especially on the often dramatic and enduring changes wrought by William the Conqueror and his followers. From...


Becoming Charlemagne

by Jeff Sypeck HarperCollins (October 13, 2009)

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. With one gesture, the man later hailed as Charlemagne claimed his empire and forever...


Confrontation at Lepanto

by T. C. F. Hopkins Tom Doherty Associates (June 26, 2007)

Like an angry lion, the Turkish menace growled at the frontiers of Europe. In 1453, the last remnant of the mighty Roman Empire was obliterated when Turkish forces overran Constantinople. Western civilization...


History as Prelude: Muslims and Jews in the Medieval Mediterranean

by Joseph V. Montville, Diana Lobel, Ahmad Dallal & Thomas F. Glick et al. Lexington Books (November 16, 2011)

This collection of essays by seven scholars is a straightforward narrative of real world—intellectual, commercial, spiritual, philosophical, scientific, esthetic—creative engagement among Jews, Muslims,...


The Armenians in the Medieval Islamic World: Armenian Realpolitik in the Islamic World and Diverging ParadigmsCase of Cilicia Eleventh to Fourteenth C

by Seta B. Dadoyan Transaction Publishers (February 14, 2013)

In this volume, Seta B. Dadoyan explores the Armenian condition from 970 to the end of the fourteenth century. This period marked the gradual loss of semi-autonomy on the traditional mainland and the rise of...


Song of the Vikings

by Nancy Marie Brown St. Martin's Press (October 30, 2012)

Much like Greek and Roman mythology, Norse myths are still with us. Famous storytellers from JRR Tolkien to Neil Gaiman have drawn their inspiration from the long-haired, mead-drinking, marauding and pillaging...


Foundation

by Peter Ackroyd St. Martin's Press (October 16, 2012)

The first book in Peter Ackroyd's history of England series, which has since been followed up with two more installments, Tudors and Rebellion.

In Foundation, the chronicler of London and of its river, the Thames,...


1494

by Stephen R. Bown St. Martin's Press (February 14, 2012)

"This is a starry love story, a tale of seething jealousies and subterfuge, a political imbroglio, and religious cruelties. It sounds like Shakespeare and it could have very well been the plot of one of his...


Medieval Fantasy as Performance: The Society for Creative Anachronism and the Current Middle Ages

by Michael A. Cramer Scarecrow Press (December 29, 2009)

This book examines the act of medieval re-creation as performance by focusing on the Society for Creative Anachronism (SCA). It describes the group's activities and investigates its place in popular culture,...


Historical Dictionary of Medieval India

by Iqtidar Alam Khan Scarecrow Press (April 25, 2008)

For the purpose of the Historical Dictionary of Medieval India, the period from 1000 A.D. to 1526 A.D. will be considered India's medieval times. The turbulent history of this period is told through the book's...


The Dream and the Tomb: A History of the Crusades

by Robert Payne Cooper Square Press (September 18, 2000)

This is a comprehensive account of the eight religious wars between the Christian West and the Muslim East that dominated the Middle Ages.