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The Medieval World Complete

Robert Bartlett


'Covers the whole range of medieval life from cartography to castles, from the sacraments to sexuality … A revelation and a pleasure' Scotsman


The Medieval World Complete re-creates one of the great ages of European civilization through a sequence of spectacular images accompanied by a lively, informed commentary.

Ingeniously organized by topic and thoroughly cross-referenced, this all embracing book enables the reader to explore and understand every facet of the Middle Ages, an era of breathtaking artistic achievement and religious faith in a world where life was often coarse and cruel, cut short by war, famine and disease.

Framed by chapters that outline the way the Middle Ages began and ended, the book covers religion and the Church, nations and laws, daily life, art and architecture, scholarship and philosophy, and the World beyond Christendom. The book is completed by biographies of key personalities, from Charlemagne to Wycliffe, and timelines, maps, glossary, gazetteer and bibliography.

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'A gloriously detailed and richly illustrated visual record of medieval society '
BBC History

'A sumptuous book, full of detail and colour … a real treat for anyone interested in the period'
Rachel Bellerby,

'A masterpiece … a tour de force'
Church Times

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Product Information

Book Details

Format: Paperback

Size: 28.0 x 21.9 cm

Extent: 336 pp

Publication date: 24 May 2010

ISBN: 9780500283332

Contents List

Perspectives on the Medieval World • 1. Prologue: What Made the Middle Ages? • 2. Salvations of the Soul • 3. Earthly Powers • 4. Medieval Art: The Present Legacy • 5. Everyday Life • 6. The Life of the Mind • 7. Christians and non-Christians • 8. Epilogue: The End of the Middle Ages

About the Author

Robert Bartlett is Wardlaw Professor of Medieval History at the University of St Andrews, Scotland. Among his books is The Making of Europe, winner of the Wolfson Literary Award for History.

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