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Medieval People

From Charlemagne to Piero della Francesca

Michael Prestwich


Sixty-nine lives across seven centuries offer an intimate, fascinating look into the Middle Ages


From Genghis Khan to Giotto, Marco Polo to Joan of Arc, Avicenna to Dante, this panorama of the medieval world features a cast of some of the most compelling personalities in history, whose lives capture the pivotal moments and essential ideas of the Middle Ages. These extraordinary people, whether seeking power and influence or justice and salvation, made their mark at every level of society, from the rulers of Christian and Muslim kingdoms to the leaders of peasant uprisings.

In sixty-nine succinct biographies, Michael Prestwich takes us on a tour of the medieval world, journeying from Salisbury to Samarkand and encompassing the most significant figures in art, architecture, politics, religion, philosophy and science. The 700 years of history covered in this book saw astounding advances against a turbulent backdrop of plagues and crusades. Featuring warriors and saints, innovators and explorers, queens and nuns, pirates and poets, this is an enthralling overview of the people who made the Middle Ages.

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Book Details

Format: Paperback

Size: 19.8 x 12.9 cm

Extent: 272 pp

Illustrations: 26

Publication date: 27 May 2021

ISBN: 9780500293850

Contents List

Introduction • An Age of Empires: 800–1100 • An Age of Confidence: 1100–1200 • An Age of Maturity: 1200–1300 • An Age of Plague: 1300–1400 • An Age of Transition: 1400–1500

About the Author

Michael Prestwich OBE is Emeritus Professor of History at the University of Durham. Among his many books are Plantagenet England, 1225-1360, Armies and Warfare in the Middle Ages, English Politics in the Thirteenth Century and Knight: The Medieval Warrior's (Unofficial) Manual.