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The Two Cities: Medieval Europe 1050–1320 Paperback – 6 May 1993
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"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.
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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.
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.
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