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Excellent Survey  July 26, 2011

This textbook is the starting point for understanding Medieval History. Professor Hollister does a wonderful job of explaining the ins and outs of medieval history. It proceeds from Late Antiquity to the Renaissance, and treats the subject objectively, without any of the anti-Christian bias that one often finds in books on the period. I received this cheap textbook within days. Seller was good, I give my highest recommendation.

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Medieval Europe introduces today's students to the medieval roots of our own society. In an accessible and engaging narrative, it tells how the peoples of medieval Europe built, understood, and changed their world.

Never losing sight of the neighboring civilizations of Byzantium and Islam, it has its feet firmly planted in the medieval West, from whence it gives ample consideration to such subjects as women's lives, Jewish communities, ordinary people, and the experiences of Europeans in the often-neglected centuries of the Later Middle Ages.

Table of Contents

Abbreviations and Conventionsp. xi
Biographical Sketchesp. xii
Medieval Mythsp. xiii
Timelinesp. xiv
Mapsp. xv
List of Figuresp. xvi
Prefacep. xix
Introductionp. 1
Romans, Christians, and Barbariansp. 4
The Early Middle Agesp. 4
The Roman Peace (31 B.C.E-180 C.E.) and Afterp. 5
Christianityp. 8
Barbarians and the Western Empirep. 19
The Decline of the Western Empirep. 25
Conclusionp. 27
Early Western Christendom, c. 500-700p. 28
Introductionp. 28
Early Medieval Societyp. 28
Early Medieval Politicsp. 33
The Early Medieval Churchp. 40
Intellectual Lifep. 48
Conclusionp. 50
Neighbors: Byzantium and Islam, c. 500-1000p. 51
Introductionp. 51
From Eastern to Byzantine Empirep. 52
The Byzantine Centuriesp. 59
The Ascent of Islamp. 65
The Islamic Empirep. 70
Islamic Culturep. 77
Conclusionp. 79
Carolingian Europe, c. 700-850p. 80
Introductionp. 80
The Early Carolingiansp. 82
Charlemagne (r. 768-814)p. 83
Intellectual Revivalp. 95
Conclusionp. 100
Division, Invasion, and Reorganization, c. 800-1000p. 102
Introductionp. 102
Division: The Later Carolingiansp. 102
Invasion: Muslims, Magyars, and Vikingsp. 104
Reorganization: New Politiesp. 111
Conclusionp. 130
Economic Takeoff and Social Change, c. 1000-1300p. 131
The Central Middle Agesp. 131
Agricultural Revolutionp. 139
Rural Societyp. 141
The Commercial Revolutionp. 150
Urban Societyp. 156
The Landholding Aristocracyp. 162
Feudal Societyp. 163
Conclusionp. 166
Popes and the Papacy, c. 1000-1300p. 167
Introductionp. 167
Papacy, Clergy, and Laity, c. 1000-1122p. 168
The Reformed Papacy and Its Churchp. 175
Innocent III and the Papacy Ascendantp. 184
The Papacy after 1250p. 187
Conclusionp. 189
New Paths to God, c. 1000-1300p. 190
Introductionp. 190
Judaismp. 190
The Evolution of Christian Pietyp. 191
Orthodoxy and Heresyp. 197
Changes in Monastic Lifep. 199
The Mendicant Ordersp. 205
Conclusionp. 210
Conquests, Crusades, and Persecutions, c. 1100-1300p. 211
Introductionp. 211
Conquests and Territorial Expansionp. 212
Crusadesp. 221
Persecutionsp. 231
Conclusionp. 235
States Made and Unmade, c. 1000-1300p. 236
Introductionp. 236
The Holy Roman Empire: Disintegrationp. 237
England: King and Parliamentp. 248
France: The Monarchy Triumphantp. 258
Iberia: Some Consolidationp. 267
The States of Northern and Eastern Europep. 268
Conclusionp. 268
Literature, Art, and Thought, c. 1000-1300p. 269
Introductionp. 269
Byzantine and Islamic Influencesp. 270
Intellectual Trendsp. 271
Literaturep. 283
Architecture and Sculpturep. 290
Conclusionp. 296
Famine, Plague, and Recovery, c. 1300-1500p. 297
The Later Middle Agesp. 297
Economic Woes and Demographic Crisis (1300-1350)p. 301
Adjustment and Recovery (1350-1500)p. 306
Late Medieval Christianityp. 313
Conclusionp. 321
Toward the Sovereign State, c. 1300-1500p. 322
Introductionp. 322
England, France, and the Hundred Years' Warp. 323
England: Parliament, Civil War, and Tudor Monarchyp. 327
France: Constitutional Crisis, War, and the Spider Kingp. 329
The Iberian Slates: Consolidation through Homogenizationp. 332
New Powers on the European Peripheryp. 335
The Heritage of the Holy Roman Empirep. 338
Conclusionp. 341
Diversity and Dynamism in Culture, c. 1300-1500p. 344
Introductionp. 344
Literacy and Vernacular Languagesp. 345
Humanist Educationp. 347
Literaturep. 350
Art and Architecturep. 352
Philosophyp. 354
Political Thoughtp. 359
Conclusionp. 360
Glossaryp. G-1
Photo CreditsP-1
Indexp. I-1
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