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An oldie, but a goodie--Bishop is from that generation of historians that writes as if speaking to you by a fireside over a nice glass of port. Is it entirely accurate? No clue, but it's a delight to read.
In this single indispensable volume, one of America’s ranking scholars combines a life’s work of research and teaching with the art of lively narration. Both authoriatative and beautifully told, THE MIDDLE AGES is the full story of the thousand years between the fall of Rome and the Renaissance — a time that saw the rise of kings and emperors, the flowering of knighthood, the development of Europe, the increasing power of the Church, and the advent of the middle class. With exceptional grace and wit, Morris Bishop vividly reconstructs this distinctive era of European history in a work that will inform and delight scholars and general readers alike.
About the Author
Morris Bishop (1893-1973) was educated and taught at Cornell University. One of the world's most lucid and knowledgeable commentators on the Middle Ages, he was also a translator and a masterly writer of light verse. His best-known works are Champlain: The Life of Fortitude, Petrarch and His World, and The Best of Bishop: Light Verse from The New Yorker and Elsewhere.
"Mr. Bishop . . . says here almost everything of transcending importance about the Middle Ages and says it better than it has been said before." --LOUISVILLE COURIER-JOURNAL