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The worlds of medieval Europe

Author: Clifford R Backman
Publisher: New York ; Oxford : Oxford University Press, 2009.
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : 2nd edView all editions and formats

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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Clifford R Backman
ISBN: 9780195335279 0195335279
OCLC Number: 750894606
Description: XVIII, [2], 582 s. : il. ; 24 cm.
Contents: Each Chapter ends with Suggested Reading. ; Introduction: Why the Middle Ages Matter ; PART ONE. THE EARLY MIDDLE AGES: THE THIRD THROUGH NINTH CENTURIES ; 1. THE ROMAN WORLD AT ITS HEIGHT ; The Geography of Empire ; The Role of the Military ; Roman Society ; Roman Government ; The Challenges of the Third Century ; Reform, Recovery, Persecution, and Favor ; 2. THE RISE OF CHRISTIANITY ; Before Christ ; The Growth of the New Religion ; The Problem of Persecution ; The Problem of Heresy ; Constantine and Theodosius: An Imperial Church ; Responses to Imperialization ; 3. EARLY GERMANIC SOCIETY ; Germanic Life ; Migrations and Invasions ; Europe's First Kingdoms ; Germanic Christianity and the Fourth "Doctor of the Church" ; 4. CLOISTER AND CULTURE ; The Rise of Monasticism in the East ; The Rise of Monasticism in the West ; Cultural Life in the West: Cassiodorus, Boethius, and St. Benedict ; 5. THE EMERGENCE OF THE MEDIEVAL WORLDS ; Continuity and Change in Northern Europe ; Continuity and Change in the Mediterranean ; The Rise of Islam ; A Tripartite World ; 6. THE CAROLINGIAN ERA ; The "Do-Nothing" Kings and the Rise of the Carolingians ; The Carolingian Monarchy ; Carolingian Administration ; Carolingian Society ; The Carolingian Cultural Renewal ; PART TWO. THE CENTRAL MIDDLE AGES: THE TENTH THROUGH TWELFTH CENTURIES ; 7. THE TIME OF TROUBLES ; Trouble from Within ; Trouble from the North ; Trouble from the East ; Trouble from the South ; The End of the World? ; 8. REVOLUTIONS ON LAND AND SEA ; Changes on the Land ; A Peasant Society Emerges ; Changes on the Sea ; A Maritime Society Emerges ; 9. A NEW EUROPE EMERGES: NORTH AND SOUTH ; The Rise of Feudal Society ; The First German Empire ; The Rise of Capetian France ; The Anglo-Norman Realm ; The Spanish Kingdoms ; The Italian Scene ; 10. THE REFORM OF THE CHURCH ; The Origins of the Reform ; The Papal Revolution ; Christendom and the East ; Monastic Reforms ; 11. THE RENAISSANCES OF THE TWELFTH CENTURY ; Aristotle, Anselm, Abelard, and Ibn Rushd ; Law and Canon Law ; The Recovery of Science ; The Rise of the Universities ; Courtly Life, Love, and Literature ; 12. THE PAPAL MONARCHY ; Church against State Once More ; The Consolidation of Papal Authority ; The Revival of Heresy ; The Albigensian Crusade and the Origins of the Inquisition ; PART THREE. THE LATE MIDDLE AGES: THE THIRTEENTH AND FOURTEENTH CENTURIES ; 13. POLITICS IN THE THIRTEENTH CENTURY ; The Rise of Representative Institutions ; England and France ; Germany, Italy, and the Papacy ; The New Mediterranean Superpowers ; Byzantium and Islam in the Thirteenth Century ; 14. ART AND INTELLECT IN THE THIRTEENTH CENTURY ; Scholasticism ; The Gothic Vision ; Science and Technology ; Aspects of Popular Culture ; 15. DAILY LIFE AT THE MEDIEVAL ZENITH ; Economic Changes ; Peasants' Lives ; Townsfolks' Lives ; The Question of Literacy ; Sex and the City (and the Town, and the Village) ; 16. CHANGES IN RELIGIOUS LIFE ; The Importance of Being Penitent ; The Importance of Being Poor ; The Humanization of Christ and the Cult of the Virgin ; Mysticism ; 17. THE CRISES OF THE FOURTEENTH CENTURY ; Economic Difficulties ; The Great Famine ; The Black Death ; War Everywhere ; Challenges to Church Unity ; 18. SIGNS OF A NEW ERA ; William of Ockham ; Marsilius of Padua ; Dante Alighieri and Geoffrey Chaucer ; Christine de Pizan ; PART FOUR. TWO EPILOGUES ; 19. CLOSINGS IN, CLOSINGS OUT ; The Last Years of Byzantium ; The Search for a New Route to the East ; Closing In on Muslim Spain ; The Expulsions of the Jews ; Closing In Forever: The Forced Cloistering of Women Religious ; 20. THE RENAISSANCE IN MEDIEVAL CONTEXT ; Economies New and Old circa 1400 ; The Meaning of Humanism ; The Canonization of Classical Culture ; The Rejection of the Middle Ages ; APPENDICES ; A. The Medieval Popes ; B. The Carolingians ; C. The Capetians ; D. France: The Valois ; E. England: The Norman and Plantagenet Dynasties ; F. England: The Lancastrian and Yorkist Dynasties ; G. Germany: The Ottonian, Salian, and Hohenstaufen Dynasties ; H. Germany: The Late Medieval Emperors ; I. The Spanish Kingdoms, 1000-1250 ; J. The Spanish Kingdoms, 1250-1500 ; K. The Emperors in Constantinople
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