From emperors and queens to artists and global tourists, from popes and students to saints and heretics, Key Figures in Medieval Europe brings jointly in a single quantity crucial those who lived in medieval Europe among 500 and 1500. collected from the biographical entries from the on-going sequence, the Routledge Encyclopedias of the center Ages, those A-Z biographical entries talk about the lives of over 575 people who have had a historic effect in such parts as politics, faith, or the humanities. contributors from locations equivalent to medieval England, France, Germany, Iberia, Italy, and Scandinavia are incorporated in addition to these from the Jewish and Islamic worlds. A thematic define is integrated that lists humans not just through different types, but additionally via regions.
For an entire checklist of entries, individuals, and extra, stopover at the Routledge Encyclopedias of the center Ages web site.
If ever there has been a 12 months of future for the British Isles, 1066 should have a robust declare. King Harold confronted invasion not only from William and the Normans around the English Channel yet from the Dane, King Harald Hardrada. sooner than he confronted the Normans at Hastings in October, he had defeated the Danes at York and Stamford Bridge in September. during this beautifully researched learn, Frank McLynn overturns long-accepted myths, displaying how Williams victory on the conflict of Hastings used to be now not, actually, a simple task, and arguing that Harald Hardrada used to be truly the best warrior of the 3. it is a masterly research, and divulges the reality to be extra attention-grabbing than the myths surrounding this pivotal 12 months in historical past.
By Elizabeth Jeffreys, John H. Pryor
This quantity examines the advance and evolution of the conflict galley often called the Dromon, and its relative, the Chelandion, from first visual appeal within the 6th century until eventually its supercession within the 12th century by way of the Galea constructed within the Latin West. starting as a small, fully-decked, monoreme galley, via the 10th century the Dromon had develop into a bireme, the pre-eminent warfare galley of the Mediterranean. The salient good points of those ships have been their two-banked oarage process, the spurs at their bows which changed the ram of classical antiquity, their lateen sails, and their fundamental weapon: Greek hearth. The publication contextualizes the technical features of the ships in the operational historical past of Byzantine fleets, logistical difficulties of medieval naval conflict, and strategic goals. Surviving Byzantine resources, specially tactical manuals, are subjected to shut literary and phiological research.
By Colin McEvedy
Right here in 40 maps, each one with its personal exact remark, is the tale of the nice nomadic conquerors: Huns, Avars, Mongols, and Turks; of Europe's final pagans, the Vikings, and their Christian offspring, the Normans; of Caliphs and Crusaders, Popes and Emperors; of the start of the powers of this present day. it is a reference booklet which supplies the framework for these fragments of heritage we know yet can't position in context.
By Maurice Keen
The medieval interval was once a novel epoch in army history--an age profoundly prompted by means of martial beliefs, whose very constitution of society used to be prepared for struggle, and whose leaders have been by means of necessity warriors. Now, the richly illustrated Medieval Warfare illuminates this period, interpreting over seven-hundred years of ecu clash, from the time of Charlemagne to the top of the center a long time (1500). Twelve students learn medieval war in sections. the 1st part explores the event of struggle chronologically, with essays at the Viking age, at the wars and growth of the 11th and 12th centuries, at the Crusades, and at the nice Hundred Years battle among England and France. the second one part lines advancements within the paintings of conflict: fortification and siege craft, the position of armored cavalrymen, using mercenary forces, the delivery of gunpowder artillery, and the recent abilities in navigation and shipbuilding.
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By Ernst Robert Curtius
In this "magnificent publication" (T. S. Eliot), Ernst Robert Curtius (1886-1956), one of many preferable literary students of this century, examines the continuity of eu literature from Homer to Goethe, with specific emphasis at the Latin heart a while. In an in depth new epilogue, drawing on hitherto unpublished fabric, Peter Godman analyzes the highbrow and political context and personality of Curtius's ideas.
By John Waller
A gripping story of 1 of history's such a lot extraordinary occasions, and what it finds concerning the unusual probabilities of human nature
In the searing July warmth of 1518, Frau Troffea stepped into the streets of Strasbourg and started to bounce. Bathed in sweat, she endured to bounce. triumph over with exhaustion, she stopped, after which resumed her solitary jig a number of hours later. Over the subsequent months, approximately 400 humans succumbed to an identical agonizing compulsion. At its top, the epidemic claimed the lives of fifteen males, ladies, and kids an afternoon. most likely a hundred humans danced to their deaths in a single of the main weird and wonderful and terrifying plagues in history.
John Waller compellingly inspires the attractions, sounds, and aromas; the illnesses and hardships; the fervent supernaturalism and the determined hedonism of the past due medieval international. in keeping with new facts, he explains why the plague happened and the way it got here to an finish. In doing so, he sheds mild at the strangest functions of the human brain and on our personal susceptibility to mass hysteria.
By Dorothy Dunnett
Again in print via renowned demand--"A wonderful revelation of the historic Macbeth, harsh and brutal and eloquent." --Washington publish booklet World.
With an analogous meticulous scholarship and narrative legerdemain she dropped at her highly renowned Lymond Chronicles, our prime ancient novelist travels extra into the past. In King Hereafter, Dorothy Dunnett's degree is the wild, half-pagan nation of eleventh-century Scotland. Her hero is a clumsy younger earl with a decreasing forehead and a style for intrigue. He calls himself Thorfinn yet his Christian identify is Macbeth.
Dunnett depicts Macbeth's transformation from an offended boy who refuses to just accept his meager proportion of the Orkney Islands to a suavely comprehensive warrior who seizes an empire with the aid of a spouse as sensible and valiant as himself. She creates characters who're without delay completely creatures of once more but continuously recognizable--and she does so with such realism and immediacy that she once again elevates ancient fiction into excessive paintings.
By Umberto Eco
Born an easy peasant in northern Italy, Baudolino has significant gifts-a expertise for studying languages and a ability in telling lies. while nonetheless a boy he meets a international commander within the woods, fascinating him along with his quickly wit and full of life brain. The commander-who proves to be Emperor Frederick Barbarossa-adopts Baudolino and sends him to the collage in Paris, the place he makes a couple of fearless, adventurous friends.
Spurred on through myths and their very own reveries, this merry band units out looking for Prester John, a mythical priest-king acknowledged to rule over an enormous country within the East-a phantasmagorical land of wierd creatures with eyes on their shoulders and mouths on their stomachs, of eunuchs, unicorns, and gorgeous maidens.
With awesome digressions, outrageous methods, amazing feeling, and vicarious reflections on our postmodern age, this can be Eco the storyteller at his incredible best.