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History of the Middle Ages [Kindle Edition]

Victor Duruy
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The term Middle Ages indicates the period which elapsed between the ruin of the Roman Empire and the establishment of the great modern monarchies. It extends from the German invasion at the beginning of the fifth century to the capture of Constantinople by the Ottoman Turks ten centuries later in 1453.

In this period, situated between ancient and modern times, the cultivation of arts and letters was suspended, although a new and magnificent architecture was developed. In place of the republics of antiquity and the monarchies of our day there grew up a special organization called feudalism. This domination of the feudal lords, the product of many centuries, was finally overthrown by Louis XI, the Tudors and the princes contemporary with them. Although there were kings in all countries, the military and ecclesiastical chiefs were the real sovereigns from the ninth to the twelfth century. The central power had no force, local powers had no overseer or guide, the frontiers had no fixed limits. The sovereign and owner parcelled out the territory into a multitude of petty states where the sentiment of nationality could not exist. Nevertheless above this condition of many lords hovered the idea of Christianity represented by the pope, and of a certain political unity represented by the emperor in comparison with whom all the kings of Europe were provincial. Thus the great wars of those times were religious wars, as were the crusades against the Muslims of Palestine, the Moors of Spain, the Albigensian heretics or the pagans of the Baltic, or were a struggle between the two powers which aspired to rule the world, a quarrel between Papacy and the Empire.

Contents: The Barbarian World in the Fourth and Fifth Centuries. The Principal Barbarian Kingdoms. The Eastern Empire. Clovis and the Merovingians (481-752). Mohammed and the Arab Invasion. The Empire of the Franks. The Last Carlovingians and the Northmen. The Third Invasion. Feudalism. The German Empire. Struggle between the Papacy and the Empire. The Crusades in the East and in the West. Society in the Twelfth and Thirteenth Centuries. Formation of the Kingdom of France (987-1328). Formation of the English Constitution. First Period of the Hundred Years' War (1328-1380). Second Period of the Hundred Years' War (1380-1453). Spain and Italy from 1250 to 1453. Germany, the Scandinavian, Slavic and Turkish states (1250-1453).

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 312 KB
  • Print Length: 652 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Lecturable (10 Jun. 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B008AK3IYC
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Good Precis 20 Aug. 2013
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I rate this work highly because it gives the reader a good introduction to the period. The layperson gets the general idea of what happened and the scholar gets a résumé which refreshes the memory. One can read the work in a few sittings with enjoyment and the kindle version is affordable.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Post Roman Europe 25 Oct. 2014
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The book presents a basic introduction to aid understanding of Europe's medieval history, especially the well-documented periods. However the early Barbarian formation of the individual countries and states is based on scant historical evidence, and could benefit from an update to include the latest genetics, archaeological research etc. Indeed in this respect the settlement pattern seen as data plots along the Roman roads depicted in http://fchknols.wordpress.com, suggest trade may have been important in establishing the variety of languages of this region.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Average 29 Sept. 2014
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It covers an awful lot of history, but never goes into any particular depth on any particular subject. It just mentions historical event after historical even and briefly summarises them. It's ok if you're looking for a basic insight into the middle ages, if you've already read more detailed books on the subject it's best to give this a miss.
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4.0 out of 5 stars JDR 18 Sept. 2014
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A very informative read.
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