Medieval Europe (Paperback)

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Wickham examines a pivotal time in Europe with a critical eye and a nuanced understanding of how religious, economic & social influences shaped politics (and still do!). It feels weird to call a medieval history 'fresh' or 'original', but that's just what this book is.

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A spirited and thought-provoking history of the vast changes that transformed Europe during the 1,000-year span of the Middle Ages

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.

About the Author

Chris Wickham is Chichele Professor of Medieval History, University of Oxford. He lives in Birmingham, UK.
Product Details
ISBN: 9780300228823
ISBN-10: 0300228821
Publisher: Yale University Press
Publication Date: August 29th, 2017
Pages: 352
Language: English