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The Central Middle Ages, 950-1320

The Central Middle Ages, 950-1320 by Daniel Power
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This new volume in the Short Oxford History of Europe series traces the history of Europe in the central middle ages (c.950-1320), an age of far-reaching change for the continent. Seven expert contributors consider the history of this period from a variety of perspectives, including political, social, economic, religious and intellectual history. - ;The period from the late tenth to the early fourteenth centuries was one of the most dynamic in European history. Latin Christendom found a new confidence which has left its mark upon the landscape in the form of the great cathedrals and castles, while thousands of new towns and villages were founded. The continent was carved up into dynastic kingdoms and principalities from which the European state system would evolve. An age of great religious enthusiasm, it developed a darker

side in the form of the Crusades and the persecution of heretics and Jews.

In this book seven experts in the field examine how Europe was transformed in the Central Middle Ages. Thematic chapters analyse the political, social, economic, religious and intellectual history of Latin Christendom, and trace its expansion to the north, south and east. As well as many familiar topics the authors discuss less well known aspects of the period such as the popular experience of religion or the new kingdoms of east-central Europe. The book includes a chronology of

developments, a glossary, maps, illustrations and guidance for further reading. - ;It provides an ideal preface for those who have read no political narrative of the period, and a bracing tonic and corrective for those of us who have read far too much. - R. I. Moore, The English Historical Review;He [Power] has assembled a distinguished and thoroughly expert team of contributors...all of them survey their topics with authority, and all have important and interesting things to say. - The English Historical Review;For Weiler's and Berend's contributions alone it is well worth the paperback price - The English Historical Review;An excellent will do very well indeed - The English Historical Review;TEXTBOOK - The English Historical Review

Oxford University Press, UK; March 2006
320 pages; ISBN 9780191037498
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Title: The Central Middle Ages, 950-1320
Author: Daniel Power
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