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The Medieval Sea [Paperback]

Susan Rose
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1 Jun 2008 1847252052 978-1847252050
This book surveys how the peoples bordering the Mediterranean, North Sea, English Channel and eastern Atlantic related to the sea in all its aspects between approximately 1000-1500 A.D. How was the sea represented in poems and other writings? What kinds of boats were used and how were they built? How easy was it to navigate on short or long passages? Was seaborne trade crucial to the economy of this area? Did naval warfare loom large in the minds of medieval rulers? What can be said more generally about the lives of those who went to sea or who lived by its shores? These are the major questions which are addressed in this book, which is based on extensive research in both maritime archives and also in secondary literature. It concludes by pointing out how the relatively enclosed maritime world of Western Europe was radically changed by the voyages of the late fifteenth century across the Atlantic to the Caribbean and round Africa to India.
--This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Hambledon Continuum (1 Jun 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1847252052
  • ISBN-13: 978-1847252050
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
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This a fine book and deserves a wide readership. .. is far more than a just an excellent and information-packed introduction to the maritime history of medieval Europe. Enlivened with many quotes from contemporary poems and letters, it inspires one to want to find out more. --The Authors Journal Compilation --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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Susan Rose is Senior Research Fellow at Roehampton University, and the author of Medieval Naval Warfare, 1000-1500. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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4.0 out of 5 stars Medieval sea 13 May 2009
Susan Rose is one of the leading experts on medieval maritime history and she has published numerous works on the topic. From her analysis on the career of William Soper to her book on medieval naval warfare she has been at the forefront of medieval maritime literature for some time. As such this book must be bought for anyone intrested in the topic. Its use, however, mainly lies in an introduction tool for undergraduate students in the field and is the perfect partner for any lecturer who teaches such a course. Those people more familiar with the topic will, nevertheless, still find useful information scattered throughout. there are many little gems of information on ports, mariners and the development of technological innovations to be a useful purchase for most academics intrested in the subject.
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