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Medieval Europe

by Christopher Wickham Yale University Press
Pub Date:
10/2016
ISBN:
9780300208344
Format:
Hbk 352 pages
Price:
AU$59.99 NZ$60.86
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The millennium between the breakup of the western Roman Empire and the Reformation was a long and hugely transformative period-one not easily chronicled within the scope of a few hundred pages. Yet distinguished historian Chris Wickham has taken up the challenge in this landmark book, and he succeeds in producing the most riveting account of medieval Europe in a generation.


 


Tracking the entire sweep of the Middle Ages across Europe, Wickham focuses on important changes century by century, including such pivotal crises and moments as the fall of the western Roman Empire, Charlemagne's reforms, the feudal revolution, the challenge of heresy, the destruction of the Byzantine Empire, the rebuilding of late medieval states, and the appalling devastation of the Black Death.


 


He provides illuminating vignettes that underscore how shifting social, economic, and political circumstances affected individual lives and international events. Wickham offers both a new conception of Europe's medieval period and a provocative revision of exactly how and why the Middle Ages matter.
'Fascinating, judicious, authoritative: by far the best single book about the Middle Ages. I wish this had been around earlier in my teaching career. Perhaps Wickham's most unusual accomplishment is that this survey never seems hurried. Without apparent strain, details and examples of historical trends are related to grand themes and changes.'


- Paul Freedman, author of Out of the East: Spices and the Medieval Imagination
Christopher Wickham is Chichele Professor of Medieval History, Faculty of History, University of Oxford. His many books include the best-selling The Inheritance of Rome: A History of Rome from 400 to 1000. He lives in Birmingham, UK.