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"Barber has filled an important gap . for years, leaders of undergraduate courses on the central Middle Ages have longed for a book like this: a single volume which supplies useful outline reference material as an adjunct to a clear and wide ranging analysis of complex events, and one which presents a rounded view of the different aspects of the period, on association with a bountiful supply of relevant primary sources in translation. Above all, a book which presents the period as dynamic and fascinating, and positively invites the user to read more widely . a real tour de force."
-"Times Higher Education Supplement
"Malcolm Barber has succeeded admirably . a fine book . should find a wide and grateful readership."
"A valuable introduction."
"A historical survey of unusual comprehensiveness. Warmly recommended to upper-division undergraduates and their instructors."
About the Author
Malcolm Barber is Professor of Medieval History at the University of Reading. His many books include The Templars, The Cathars and The New Knighthood, A History of the Order of the Temple.