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  • Paperback: 496 pages
  • Publisher: Routledge; 3 edition (6 Dec. 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 058278462X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0582784628
  • Product Dimensions: 15.7 x 2.7 x 23.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 325,778 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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`Probably the best "buy" among recent works for one who comes to medieval history for the first time.'

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R. H. C. Davis was one of the finest historians of his generation, and his A History of Medieval Europe: From Constantine to Saint Louis has been recognized for fifty years as the clearest, most authoritative and most approachable introduction to medieval history.

 

Davis’s exploration of the Dark Ages examines the impact of the Barbarian invasions on Constantine’s Christianized empire, and the gradual emergence of a new social, economic and political order. He discusses the Church and the Papacy, the coming of Islam, and the rise and fall of the Frankish Empire. In his consideration of the High Middle Ages, Davis takes the reader from the Saxon Empire through to an examination of the European economy in the mid-thirteenth century, addressing the spread of monasticism, the papal reform, the crusades, and feudal monarchy.

 

The third edition, revised by R. I. Moore, leaves the text unaltered, but reflects the considerable growth in our knowledge of the period. New features include:

·         A new Preface, outlining Davis's view of the importance and relevance of medieval history

·         Postscripts to each part, introducing the most important new interpretations of the period to have emerged since the book was written, and showing how Davis's views relate to them

·         New maps and illustrations

·         Updated reading lists

 

Combining a strong narrative history of the period with an introduction to diverse historical perspectives, this book is essential reading for all students of medieval history.

 

The late R. H. C. Davis was Emeritus Professor of Medieval History at the Universityof Birmingham. He was also Emeritus Fellow of Merton College, Oxford, and a Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries, the Royal Historical Society, and the BritishAcademy. As one of the leading medievalists of his generation, his research made fundamental contributions to many aspects of English history.

 

R. I. Moore is Emeritus Professor of Medieval History at the Universityof Newcastle upon Tyneand Corresponding Fellow of the Medieval Academy of America. He was a pupil and friend of R. H. C. Davis. He is co-editor (with H. Mayr-Harting) of Studies in Medieval History presented to R. H. C. Davis (1985), and author of The First European Revolution (2001).

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If you've ever wondered how we got the Europe that we have then this book will go a long way to help you understand.

Anyone that has marvelled at the richness of Roman society is left wondering: "so where did it go so wrong?". This book provides the answers and gives some quiet insights to the world of today.

The book is no dry academic text either. The author is clearly enthused by his topic and he is constantly introducing anecdotes to keep the reader interested and, often, amused.

A great book.
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This is a truly outstanding introduction to the early and high middle ages. I was a little hesitant at buying it due to the fact that it was first published in 1957, thinking it might be a bit dated. But I was delightfully surprised to find the author's excellent writing style both immensely readable and very informative. He manages to find the balance perfectly between depth and understandability, including enough pertinent detail to give the reader a good grip on the major themes of each chapter without letting the details hold back the flow of the book. Very impressive.
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I recently did a module about Medieval Europe for my History Degree and I found this book extremely useful. All subjects that you may have lectures or seminars about will definitely be covered in this book although some are obviously skimmed over a bit as it is a very general textbook. I'd use this book as a starting point to get an idea of the topics covered in Medieval history so that you can put them in context. The only thing that isn't covered that well in this book, though it's the same with all the Medieval textbooks I've read, is the idea of the "the Other". This textbook has a very fleeting mention of the treatment of Jews, Homosexuals and other deviancy in Medieval Europe. If you require information on this then I'd recommend you read up on R.I. Moore.
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