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  • Terry Jones' Medieval Livesby Alan Ereira; Terry Jones

    Ebury Publishing 2009; US$ 12.24

    Was medieval England full of knights on horseback rescuing fainting damsels in distress? Were the Middle Ages mired in superstition and ignorance? Why does nobody ever mention King Louis the First and Last? And, of course, those key questions: which monks were forbidden the delights of donning underpants... and did outlaws never wear trousers? ... more...

  • The Plantagenetsby Dan Jones

    Penguin Group US 2013; US$ 9.99

    The New York Times bestseller that tells the story of Britain?s greatest and worst dynasty??a real-life Game of Thrones ? ( The Wall Street Journal ) The first Plantagenet kings inherited a blood-soaked realm from the Normans and transformed it into an empire that stretched at its peak from Scotland to Jerusalem. In this epic narrative history... more...

  • Thinking Medievalby Marcus Bull

    Palgrave Macmillan 2005; US$ 35.00

    This book is aimed at students coming to the study of western European medieval history for the first time, and also graduate students on interdisciplinary medieval studies programmes. It examines the place of the Middle Ages in modern popular culture, exploring the roots of the stereotypes that appear in films, on television and in the press, and... more...

  • The Ornament of the Worldby Maria Rosa Menocal

    Little, Brown and Company 2009; Not Available

    A brilliant and fascinating portrait of medieval Spain explores the golden age when Muslims, Jews, and Christians lived together in an atmosphere of tolerance. of photos. 3 maps. more...

  • The Crusadesby Thomas Asbridge

    HarperCollins 2010; US$ 14.99

    The Crusades is an authoritative, accessible single-volume history of the brutal struggle for the Holy Land in the Middle Ages. Thomas Asbridge?a renowned historian who writes with ?maximum vividness? (Joan Acocella, The New Yorker )?covers the years 1095 to 1291 in this  big, ambitious, readable account of one of the most fascinating periods... more...

  • Lost to the Westby Lars Brownworth

    Crown Publishing Group 2009; US$ 15.00

    In AD 476 the Roman Empire fell?or rather, its western half did. Its eastern half, which would come to be known as the Byzantine Empire, would endure and often flourish for another eleven centuries. Though its capital would move to Constantinople, its citizens referred to themselves as Roman for the entire duration of the empire?s existence. Indeed,... more...

  • The Book of John Mandevilleby Iain Macleod Higgins

    Hackett Publishing Company, Inc. 2011; US$ 11.50

    A fictive traveler?s guide to the East, both Near and Far, The Book of John Mandeville was a late-medieval best seller, more popular in its day than Marco Polo?s Travels. In addition to a fresh, vibrant translation?the first from the Middle French original since the fifteenth century?this edition of The Book of John Mandeville offers a succinct, broad-ranging... more...

  • On the Medieval Origins of the Modern Stateby Joseph R. Strayer; Charles Tilly; William Chester Jordan

    Princeton University Press 2011; US$ 21.95

    The modern state, however we conceive of it today, is based on a pattern that emerged in Europe in the period from 1100 to 1600. Written from the experience of a lifetime of teaching and research in the field, this short, clear book is the classic work on what is known about the early history of the European state. Charles Tilly's foreword shows how... more...

  • The Great Cat Massacreby Robert Darnton

    Basic Books 2009; US$ 16.95

    When the apprentices of a Paris printing shop in the 1730s held a series of mock trials and then hanged all the cats they could lay their hands on, why did they find it so hilariously funny that they choked with laughter when they reenacted it in pantomime some twenty times? Why in the eighteenth-century version of Little Red Riding Hood did the... more...

  • Signals of Belief in Early Englandby Martin Carver; Alex Sanmark; Sarah Semple

    Oxbow Books 2010; US$ 30.00

    This volume will throw new light on the intellect of the earliest English - the way they thought, the way they viewed the world, and the way they viewed worlds other than this. Previous understanding of the topic, well rooted in the ideas of its time, regarded the English as adherents of two consecutive religions: Paganism governed the settlers of... more...