FREE Delivery in the UK.
In stock.
Dispatched from and sold by Amazon.
Gift-wrap available.
Quantity:1
The Two Cities: Medieval ... has been added to your Basket
+ £2.80 UK delivery
Used: Good | Details
Sold by Brit-Books
Condition: Used: Good
Comment: Simply Brit: We have dispatched from our UK warehouse books of good condition to over 1 million satisfied customers worldwide. We are committed to providing you with a reliable and efficient service at all times.
Trade in your item
Get a £2.41
Gift Card.
Have one to sell?
Flip to back Flip to front
Listen Playing... Paused   You're listening to a sample of the Audible audio edition.
Learn more
See this image

The Two Cities: Medieval Europe 1050-1320 Paperback – 8 Apr 2004


See all 5 formats and editions Hide other formats and editions
Amazon Price New from Used from
Paperback
"Please retry"
£28.99
£22.63 £6.13
£28.99 FREE Delivery in the UK. In stock. Dispatched from and sold by Amazon. Gift-wrap available.

Special Offers and Product Promotions

  • When you trade in £15 or more you’ll receive an additional £5 Amazon.co.uk Gift Card for the next time you spend £10 or more.

Frequently Bought Together

The Two Cities: Medieval Europe 1050-1320 + The Making of Europe: Conquest, Colonization and Cultural Change 950 - 1350 + Europe in the High Middle Ages: The Penguin History of Europe
Price For All Three: £51.46

Buy the selected items together


Trade In this Item for up to £2.41
Trade in The Two Cities: Medieval Europe 1050-1320 for an Amazon Gift Card of up to £2.41, which you can then spend on millions of items across the site. Trade-in values may vary (terms apply). Learn more

Product details

  • Paperback: 560 pages
  • Publisher: Routledge; 2 edition (8 April 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0415174155
  • ISBN-13: 978-0415174152
  • Product Dimensions: 17.4 x 3.2 x 24.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 145,363 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
  • See Complete Table of Contents

More About the Author

Discover books, learn about writers, and more.

Product Description

Review

"Reviews for the previous edition: ."
"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."
-" History
"A valuable introduction."
-"History Today
"A historical survey of unusual comprehensiveness. Warmly recommended to upper-division undergraduates and their instructors."
-"Choice

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.

Inside This Book (Learn More)
Browse Sample Pages
Front Cover | Copyright | Table of Contents | Excerpt | Index
Search inside this book:

What Other Items Do Customers Buy After Viewing This Item?

Customer Reviews

4.3 out of 5 stars
Share your thoughts with other customers

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

27 of 27 people found the following review helpful By Alexander Sawyer on 2 Jun. 2008
Format: Paperback
Malcolm Barber has achieved what can only be described as a tour de force in the study of medieval European history. Getting a copy of this book should be a top priority of any student wishing to study this period. I can almost guarantee you will find a subject, although I would be surprised if you were to find only one, relevant to your course. If you don't I would suggest that it is probably due to poor course design rather than a failing in the breadth of Barber's material. The Two Cities contains key information on subjects ranging from the Crusades to the Italian City States as well as the Iberian Reconquista and the Investiture Controversy, along with many others. The sheer volume of information, and the scope of the subjects covered, make it a perfect foundation for the study of medieval Europe. However, do not let its recommendation as a base text lead you to believe that it only offers the briefest outline of the areas covered. While, obviously, books entirely dedicated to one topic may provide a greater wealth of information within a narrower field, the depth of information and the diligent research within each subject area of The Two Cities is astonishing. In all, this intelligently written, accessible volume provides detailed information on a wealth of subject areas and, as it is available for around £20, is well worth its price tag.
Personally I feel I owe Professor Barber a drink, due to the utterly indispensible information provided by his volume (especially with regards to revision) during my recent medieval Europe module, taken as part of my English Literature/History degree.
2 Comments Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Keen Reader TOP 50 REVIEWER on 23 April 2011
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
This is a very readable book, suitable as an introduction for any reader interested in learning about Medieval Europe in the period from 1050-1320. This is a time of much change in Europe, with the Crusades, religious reform movements, the beginning of the creation of nation states, the struggle between Papacy and Hohenstaufen, and a growing perception of culture which grew in time into what is generally called the Renaissance.

Malcom Barber's writing is very approachable; his obvious enjoyment of his subject comes across in the book, and as such it is very readable to anyone who is interested, whether you approach the period with prior knowledge or not. The writing style allows for a comprehensive understanding of what can be very complex subjects in a broad geographic and chronological timeframe.

The book is broken into four main sections: social and economic structure, the Church, political change, and perceptions of the world, and approaches the period thematically overall. A brief but good bibliography follows to lead the reader to more books on subjects of interest. The title of the book, The Two Cities, refers to one of the main themes that holds throughout the book, the comparison and contrast between the secular and the ecclesiastical; and how their interaction shaped and formed this period in European history.

A very worthwhile read for anyone interested in the period. A particularly good book for anyone who approaches the subject with little or no knowledge; this book offers a very good introduction to such a reader, and a continuing reference book that will be used and referred to again and again.
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
This was a reccomended textbook at uni for first getting to grips with the era. I didn't bother reading it as uni was too specialised to care about generic overviews but read after uni and does what it says on tin. Interesting read but useless for uni
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By victoria howson on 8 Sept. 2014
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
The rendering of images, tables and other important references in the Kindle version of this book are absolutely appalling. Many cannot be viewed at all, therefore no stars here. But I have to put one: "star rating required"!
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
0 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Dennis Whomsley on 2 Oct. 2014
Format: Paperback
Much better than expected. A joy.
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again


Feedback