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A Medieval Omnibus Sources in Medieval European History

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  • Copyright: 2014-07-30
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press

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Expertly edited by Clifford R. Backman, A Medieval Omnibus: Sources in Medieval European History features more than 100 sources that give voice to key themes in the study of the Middle Ages.

The Medieval Omnibus can be packaged with Clifford Backman's The Worlds of Medieval Europe, Third Edition, at no charge. Please use ISBN 9780190204075 to place the order for the pack or contact your Oxford University Press representative for details.

Author Biography

Clifford R. Backman is Associate Professor of History at Boston University. He is the author of The Cultures of the West (OUP, 2013) and The Decline and Fall of Medieval Sicily: Politics, Economy, and Religion in the Reign of Frederick III, 1296-1327 (1995).

Table of Contents

How to Read a Primary Source

Chapter 1: The Roman World at its Height
1.1 Virgil, The Aeneid [Bk. 1, ll. 1-33]
1.2 Tacitus, The Histories [Bk. 1, ch. 1-6; Bk. 5, ch. 2-9]
1.3 Josephus, The Jewish War [Bk. 6, ch. 1, 3-4, 8-10]
1.4 Epictetus, The Enchiridion
1.5 Marcus Aurelius, Meditations [Bk. 2, ch. 1, 5, 14, 16-17]
1.6 Imperial Crisis in the 3rd Century

Chapter 2: The Rise of Christianity
2.1 Chronology of the New Testament
2.2 New Testament selections [Matthew ch. 5-7. 1 Corinthians ch. 15]
2.3 Pliny the Younger [Letter to Trajan]
2.4 Minucius Felix, Octavius [Ch. 30-31]
2.5 The Passion of Sts. Perpetua and Felicity.
2.6 Edicts of Toleration/Milan [Lactantius, On the Deaths of Our Persecutors, ch. 34 and 48; Eusebius of Caesarea, Ecclesiastical History, Bk. 10, ch. 5]
2.7 Nicene Creeds
2.8 Origen, Against Celsus
2.9 Gospel of Thomas
2.10 St. Augustine [Two sermons on the First Epistle of John]

Chapter 3: Early Germanic Society
3.1 Jordanes, Getica [Ch. 176-178, 180-186, 194-198, 207-213, 217-227, 254]
3.2 Sidonius Apollinarus, Letters
3.3 Gregory of Tours, History of the Franks [Bk. II, ch. 35-42; Bk. VI, ch. 5]
3.4 Ethelbert of Kent, Laws regarding women

Chapter 4: Cloister and Culture
4.1 Sulpicius Severus, Life of St. Martin [Ch. 2-3, 5-8, 10, 15, 26-27]
4.2 Gregory the Great, The Life of Saint Benedict [ch. 1-2], and Letter [30] to Empress
4.3 St. Benedict, The Benedictine Rule [Prologue and ch. 4]
4.4 Caesarius of Arles, Rule for Nuns [Ch. 1-5, 7-11, 19, 23-25, 36, 40, 47]

Chapter 5: The Emergence of the Medieval Worlds
5.1 Gildas, On the Ruin of Britain
5.2 Bede I, The Ecclesiastical History of the English People, and II, Ecclesiastical History of Britain (Bk. 5, ch. 23-24)
5.3 Martin of Braga, On the Correction of Peasants
5.4 Procopius on Justinian/Heraclius
5.5 Islam [Qur'an, Ibn Ishaq]
5.6 Periods of Islamic History
5.7 Genealogies of Islam
5.8 The Umayyad Caliphs
5.9 The Shi'i Imams

Chapter 6: The Carolingian Era
6.1 The Donation of Constantine
6.2 Einhard, The Life of Charlemagne
6.3 Dhuoda, Advice to Her Son William

Chapter 7: The Time of Troubles
7.1 Asser, Life of Alfred
7.2 Hrotsvitha, Dulcitius
7.3 Ibn Fadlan, Risala [Ch. 80-84, 87-92]
7.4 Al-Kindi, On First Philosophy

Chapter 8: Revolutions on Land and Sea
8.1 Burchard of Worms, The Corrector
8.2 Adso of Montier, The Antichrist Letter
8.3 The Abbasid Caliphs

Chapter 9: A New Europe Emerges: North and South
9.1 The Song of Roland
9.2 The Song of the Cid
9.3 Otto of Freising, The Two Cities
9.4 Ibn Hawqal, Portrait of the World
9.5 Medieval Jewish Chronology

Chapter 10: The Reform Of The Church
10.1 Prologue to the Pseudo-Isidorian Decretals
10.2 Gregory VII, Letters
10.3 Ecumenical Councils of the Latin Church
10.4 Usamah ibn Munqidh, Memoirs
10.5 Chronology of the Crusades

Chapter 11: The Renaissances of the Twelfth Century
11.1 Peter Abelard, Sic et Non
11.2 Ibn Rushd, On the Harmony of Religious Law and Philosophy
11.3 Al-Ghazali, The Deliverer from Error
11.4 Maimonides, Letter to Yemen
11.5 Trotula, On the Maladies of Women

Chapter 12: The Papal Monarchy
12.1 Lucius III, Ad abolendam
12.2 The Inquisition at Work
12.3 Gospel According to the Marks of Silver
12.4 Innocent III, Decree on Jews
12.5 Innocent III, A Christmas Sermon
12.6 Caesarius of Heisterbach, Dialogue on Miracles
12.7 Hildegard of Bingen, The Book of Divine Works

Chapter 13: Politics in the Thirteenth Century
13.1 John of Salisbury, Policraticus
13.2 Giano della Bella, Speech in Praise of Republican Government
13.3 Ordinances of the Merchants' Guild of Southampton
13.4 Ibn Battuta, Travels
13.5 Giovanni Piano, History of the Mongols

Chapter 14: Art and Intellect in the Thirteenth Century
14.1 St. Thomas Aquinas, Summa contra Gentiles
14.2 Roger Bacon, Opus maius
14.3 Marie de France, Lanval
14.4 Two Fabliaux
14.5 The Arabian Nights

Chapter 15: Daily Life at the Medieval Zenith
15.1 William Fitz Stephen, "A Description of the Most Noble City of London"
15.2 Giovanni Villani, Description of Florence
15.3 Benjamin of Tudela, Itinerary
15.4 Prominent Rabbis of the Middle Ages

Chapter 16: Changes in Religious Life
16.1 Gregory IX, Mira circa nos, Canonization of St. Francis
16.2 Gregory IX, Canonization of St. Dominic
16.3 Mechthild on Magdeburg, The Flowing Light of Divinity

Chapter 17: The Crises of the Fourteenth Century
17.1 St. Catherine of Siena, Letters
17.2 Boccaccio, "The Great Plague"
17.3 The Battle of Poitiers: Two Versions
17.4 Jean de Froissart, "On the Flagellants"
17.5 Jakob Twinger, Chronicle
17.6 The 100 Years War: 1337-1453

Chapter 18: Signs of a New Era
18.1 Marsilius of Padua, Defender of the Peace
18.2 William of Ockham, Letter to the Friars Minor
18.3 Dante, "Hymn to Mary" from The Divine Comedy
18.4 Chaucer, Prologue to "The Pardoner's Tale"
18.5 Christine de Pizan, The Book of the City of Ladies

Chapter 19: Closings In, Closings Out
19.1 Francesco Guicciardini, The History of Florence

Chapter 20: The Renaissance In Medieval Context
20.1 Petrarca, Letter to Posterity

Appendix: List of Popes

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