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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...


Learning to Die in London, 1380-1540

by Amy Appleford University of Pennsylvania Press (October 24, 2014)

Learning to Die in London, 1380-1540 argues that the educated awareness of death and mortality was a vital aspect of the city's civic culture, critical not only to the shaping of single lives and the management...


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...


The Master of Game

by Edward of Norwich, F. N. Baillie-Grohman, William A. Baillie-Grohman & Theodore Roosevelt University of Pennsylvania Press (October 09, 2013)

This first paperback edition ever of the oldest English book on hunting includes a hearty introduction by Theodore Roosevelt.


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...


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...


Medieval English Gardens

by Teresa McLean Dover Publications (May 05, 2014)

Illustrated survey of gardening lore from the Norman Conquest to the Renaissance reveals wealth of ancient secrets drawn from obscure sources, chronicling cultivation of pleasure gardens as well as herbariums,...


Jean de Saintre: A Late Medieval Education in Love and Chivalry

by Antoine de la Sale, Roberta L. Krueger & Jane H. M. Taylor University of Pennsylvania Press (April 02, 2014)

Jean de Saintré is the intriguing story of a young knight's training, his first love, and his disillusionment. It teems with details of armor, jousting and tournaments, heraldry and crusading—and also with...


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...


The Last Crusade in the West: Castile and the Conquest of Granada

by Joseph F. O'Callaghan University of Pennsylvania Press (March 10, 2014)

The Last Crusade in the West traces Castilian efforts to conquer Granada from the middle of the fourteenth century until the end of the fifteenth. Although the Castilian kings neglected the reconquest for many...


People of the First Crusade

by Michael Foss Arcade (November 01, 2011)

Near the end of the eleventh century, Western Europe was in turmoil, beset by invasions from both north and south, by the breakdown of law and order, and by the laxity and ignorance of the clergy. Searching...


Illuminated Manuscripts

by Tamara Woronowa & Andrej Sterligow 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 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...


The Garden of Delights: Reform and Renaissance for Women in the Twelfth Century

by Fiona J. Griffiths University of Pennsylvania Press (June 03, 2011)

"Writing a book about one of the most complex books ever assembled is no easy task, yet Griffiths rises to the occasion. . . . This work will be widely and warmly received by medievalists everywhere."—Jeffrey...


Slavery in Medieval and Early Modern Iberia

by William D. Phillips, Jr. University of Pennsylvania Press (November 14, 2013)

Slavery in Medieval and Early Modern Iberia provides a sweeping survey of the many forms of bound labor in Iberia from ancient times to the decline of slavery in the eighteenth century.


Before Orientalism: Asian Peoples and Cultures in European Travel Writing, 1245-1510

by Kim M. Phillips University of Pennsylvania Press (November 14, 2013)

Drawing on medieval accounts of the earliest European journeys to China, India, Mongolia, and southeast Asia, Before Orientalism explores European attitudes toward Asian eating habits, sexual practices, femininities,...


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...


Nothing Natural Is Shameful: Sodomy and Science in Late Medieval Europe

by Joan Cadden University of Pennsylvania Press (September 17, 2013)

In medieval Europe, where theologians saw sin, some natural philosophers saw a phenomenon in need of explanation. They believed some men were born with homosexual inclinations and others acquired them as habits...


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...


Inquisition and Power: Catharism and the Confessing Subject in Medieval Languedoc

by John H. Arnold University of Pennsylvania Press (July 20, 2013)

What should historians do with the words of the dead? Inquisition and Power reformulates the historiography of heresy and the inquisition by focusing on depositions taken from the Cathars, a religious sect that...


The Essential Legends and Sagas Collection

by Thomas Bulfinch eBookIt.com (July 17, 2013)

The Essential Legends and Sagas Collection, classics in one book:

The Legends Of King Arthur And His Knights- James Knowles

Four Arthurian Romances- Chretien DeTroyes

Arthurian Chronicles: Roman de Brut- Wace...


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 magisterial history of the origins, reality, and legend of the knight

Born out of the chaos of the early Middle Ages, the armored and highly mobile knight revolutionized warfare and quickly became a mythic...


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...


Day of Reckoning: Power and Accountability in Medieval France

by Robert F. Berkhofer III University of Pennsylvania Press (March 01, 2013)

Day of Reckoning: Power and Accountability in Medieval France applies recent approaches to literacy, legal studies, memory, ritual, and the manorial economy to reexamine the transformation of medieval power....


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...