Medieval and Renaissance History
History of the Later Roman Empire
From the Death of Theodosius I to the Death of Justinian
Paperback ISBN: 0486203980
Volume 1 of classic history. One of the world's foremost historians chronicles the major forces and events in the history of the Western and Byzantine Empires from the death of Theodosius (A.D. 395) to the death of Justinian (A.D. 565).
Under Crescent and Cross
The Jews in the Middle Ages
Hardcover ISBN: 0691033781
Did Muslims and Jews in the Middle Ages cohabit in a peaceful "interfaith utopia?" Or were Jews under Muslim rule persecuted, much as they were in Christian lands? Rejecting both polemically charged "myths," Mark Cohen offers a systematic comparison of Jewish life in medieval Islam and Christendom--the first in-depth explanation of why medieval Islamic-Jewish relations, though not utopic, were less confrontational and violent than those between Christians and Jews in the West.
Erikson, Eskimos & Columbus
Medieval European Knowledge of America
Hardcover ISBN: 080186660x
A mathematician and computer consultant who explores the history of cartography, Enterline treats the medieval maps and documents relating to the western hemisphere as artifacts, and subjects them to the inductive methods of archaeology. He sees his work as part of the new field of cognitive archaeology. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
Holy Roman Empire
Paperback ISBN: 1842126008
Starting with the coronation of Charlemagne in Rome on Christmas Day 800, and ending with the illegal suspension of the Empire by Francis II in 1806, Friedrich Heer recognises and demonstrates the basic unity of European history. Working within an ambitious but comprehensive chronological framework, Heer examines themes central to the development of Europe - the status of the Emperor and the meaning of kingship and leadership; the structure of the Empire, which was a federation, never an absolutist state; the internal conflicts within the imperial system, and the rivalry between empires to the west and east; the ever-shifting centres of gravity and power; the large measure of political and religious toleration, and the ever-present ideal of a united Europe.
The Knights Templar and Their Myth
Paperback ISBN: 0892812737
Bound by religious vows of poverty, chastity, and obedience, the Knights Templar were a Military Crusading Order engaged in religious war in the Holy Land. At the end of the thirteenth century, after their withdrawal from Syria, they became the apparently innocent victims of a campaign of slander and persecution mounted against them by the French government. The ruthless dissolution of the Knights Templar was only the beginning of a new and strange chapter in their history. They soon became the focus of numerous beliefs about their presumed occult powers, and by the eighteenth century their history had undergone a mythical metamorphosis--they figured highly in occult fantasies of magical practices and hidden knowledge as well as in the romance of the Gothic novel, with its frequent tales of monastic impropriety. In this widely praised book, author Peter Partner elucidates the history of the Templars as well as the beliefs that have developed around them in more recent times. From the tangled traditions of occultism to concepts of crusading chivalry, from political conspiracy to governmental greed and papal corruption, Partner shows how a medieval act of political injustice grew into a modern fantasy.
The Strife of Love in a Dream
Hardcover ISBN: 0500511047
One of the most famous books in the world, the Hypnerotomachia Poliphili, read by every Renaissance intellectual and referred to in studies of art and culture ever since, was first published in English by Thames & Hudson in 1999 in a large format that exactly matched the original in size, design, and typography. Now this classic study is made available to a wider public in a reduced-format volume that retains all the text and illustrations. It is a strange, pagan, pedantic, erotic, allegorical, mythological romance relating in highly stylized Italian the quest of Poliphilo for his beloved Polia. The author (presumed to be Francesco Colonna, a friar of dubious reputation) was obsessed by architecture, landscape, and costumeit is not going too far to say sexually obsessedand its 174 woodcuts are a primary source for Renaissance ideas on both buildings and gardens. In 1592 a beginning was made to produce an English version but the translator gave up partway. The task has been triumphantly accomplished by Joscelyn Godwin, who succeeds in reproducing all its wayward charm and arcane learning in language accessible to the modern reader. 174 b/w illustrations.
Montsegur and the Mystery of the Cathars
1st Edition Paperback ISBN: 0892810904
Celtic and medieval scholar Jean Markale meticulously searches the obscure history of the Cathars of ancient Persia. He explores their doctrine, their secret pact with the Knights Templar, and why they earned the ruthless persecution of Church and state. Using all available documentation, Markale reveals the nature of the mysterious treasure spirited away from the fortress at Montségur the night before its surrender to French troops.