A Companion to the Medieval World

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Carol Lansing, Edward D. English
John Wiley & Sons, Oct 11, 2012 - History - 600 pages
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Drawing on the expertise of 26 distinguished scholars, this important volume covers the major issues in the study of medieval Europe, highlighting the significant impact the time period had on cultural forms and institutions central to European identity.
  • Examines changing approaches to the study of medieval Europe, its periodization, and central themes
  • Includes coverage of important questions such as identity and the self, sexuality and gender, emotionality and ethnicity, as well as more traditional topics such as economic and demographic expansion; kingship; and the rise of the West
  • Explores Europe’s understanding of the wider world to place the study of the medieval society in a global context

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The Idea of a Middle Ages
Politics and Power
Religious Culture and the Power of Tradition
Economic Takeoff and the Rise of Markets
Rural Families in Medieval Europe
Marriage in Medieval Latin Christendom
The Bonds of Kinship and Coniugality in the Later Middle
Gender and Sexuality
Muslims in Medieval Europe
Conflict Resolution and Legal Systems
Medieval Rulers and Political Ideology
Papal Monarchy
Urban Historical Geography and
Bureaucracy and Literacy
The Practice of

Society Elite Families and Politics in Late
New Religious Movements and Reform
Monastic and Mendicant Communities
Hospitals in the Middle Ages
Popular Belief and Heresy
Jews in the Middle Ages
Expansion and the Crusades
Romanesque and Gothic Church
Aristocratic Culture Kinship
Philosophy and Humanism
Philosophy and Theology in
Medieval Europe in World History

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About the author (2012)

Carol Lansing is Professor of History at the University of California, Santa Barbara. Her research focuses on medieval Italian politics, society, and culture. Previous publications include The Florentine Magnates: Lineage and Faction in a Medieval Commune (1991), Power and Purity: Cathar Heresy in Medieval Italy (1998) and Passion and Order: Restraint of Grief in the Medieval Italian Communes (2008).

Edward D. English is Executive Director of Medieval Studies and Associate Professor of History at the University of California, Santa Barbara. He is finishing the first of two volumes on the society and politics of Siena in the fourteenth century. His other publications include Enterprise and Liability in Sienese Banking, 1230-1350 (1988) and The Encyclopedia of the Medieval World, 2 volumes (2005).

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