Medieval and Renaissance History
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Historical Atlas of the Viking World
Historical Atlas of the Viking World
Hardcover      ISBN: 0816050686
Chronicles Viking history as drawn from archaeological sources and a wealth of Norse sagas and mythology, offering a comprehensive illustrated study of Viking activities and the territories they explored.
The Adventures of Ibn Battuta: A Muslim Traveller of the 14th Century
The Adventures of Ibn Battuta
A Muslim Traveller of the 14th Century
Paperback      ISBN: 0520067436
Details the life and extensive travels of Ibn Battuta, an Islamic scholar of the fourteenth century, interpreting his career as a diplomatic envoy within the cultural and social context of Islamic society
Illustrated Chronicles of Matthew Paris
Illustrated Chronicles of Matthew Paris
by Paris
Trade Paperback      ISBN: 0750905239
The Templars
The Templars
Paperback      ISBN: 0306810719
First time in paperback: The best-selling novelist's sweeping popular history of the Knights Templar
An Illustrated History of the Knights Templar
An Illustrated History of the Knights Templar
Paperback      ISBN: 1594771170
"A lavishly illustrated, comprehensive look at the mysterious history of the Order of the Knights Templar"--Provided by publisher.
Medieval Foundations of the Western Intellectual Tradition 400-1400
Medieval Foundations of the Western Intellectual Tradition 400-1400
Hardcover      ISBN: 0300071426
The Great Pox: The French Disease in Renaissance Europe
The Great Pox
The French Disease in Renaissance Europe
Hardcover      ISBN: 0300069340
A weighty study exploring the impact of the French Disease (also known as The Great Pox or syphilis to later generations) in renaissance Europe. The medical history concentrates on the reactions of the doctors and others to the "new" disease, particularly in Italy but with comparisons to other part of Europe, identifies patients from the vast archives of charitable and sanitary institutions, and follows the development of confusion among the intellectual elite as the disease threw accepted medical theory out the window. Includes illustrations. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.
Autumn of the Middle Ages
Autumn of the Middle Ages
Hardcover      ISBN: 0226359921
"Here is the first full translation into English of one of the 20th century's few undoubted classics of history." —Washington Post Book World The Autumn of the Middle Ages is Johan Huizinga's classic portrait of life, thought, and art in fourteenth- and fifteenth-century France and the Netherlands. Few who have read this book in English realize that The Waning of the Middle Ages, the only previous translation, is vastly different from the original Dutch, and incompatible will all other European-language translations. For Huizinga, the fourteenth- and fifteen-century marked not the birth of a dramatically new era in history—the Renaissance—but the fullest, ripest phase of medieval life and thought. However, his work was criticized both at home and in Europe for being "old-fashioned" and "too literary" when The Waning of the Middle Ages was first published in 1919. In the 1924 translation, Fritz Hopman adapted, reduced and altered the Dutch edition—softening Huizinga's passionate arguments, dulling his nuances, and eliminating theoretical passages. He dropped many passages Huizinga had quoted in their original old French. Additionally, chapters were rearranged, all references were dropped, and mistranslations were introduced. This translation corrects such errors, recreating the second Dutch edition which represents Huizinga's thinking at its most important stage. Everything that was dropped or rearranged has been restored. Prose quotations appear in French, with translations preprinted at the bottom of the page, mistranslations have been corrected. "The advantages of the new translation are so many. . . . It is one of the greatest, as well as one of the most enthralling, historical classics of the twentieth century, and everyone will surely want to read it in the form that was obviously intended by the author." —Francis Haskell, New York Review of Books "A once pathbreaking piece of historical interpretation. . . . This new translation will no doubt bring Huizinga and his pioneering work back into the discussion of historical interpretation." —Rosamond McKitterick, New York Times Book Review
Distant Mirror: The Calamitous Fourteenth Century
Distant Mirror
The Calamitous Fourteenth Century
Paperback      ISBN: 0345349571
The prize-winning historian traces the major currents of the fourteenth century, revealing the century's great historical rhythms and events and the texture of daily life at all levels of European society
The Knights Templar and Their Myth
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.