Civilization of the Middle Ages

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Harper Collins, Jun 3, 1994 - History - 624 pages
Now revised and expanded, this edition of the splendidly detailed and lively history of the Middle Ages contains more than 30 percent new material.

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The Civilization of the Middle Ages: A Completely Revised and Expanded Edition of Medieval History I learned too much to write about in detail from this sweeping book of Western European history from ... Read full review

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Civilization of the Middle Ages by Norman Cantor As general surveys go, this one was very entertaining and informative. Cantor has divided this survey into twenty-one sections which makes this book ... Read full review


ONE The Heritage of the Ancient World
Two The Foundations of the Middle Ages
Three The Age of the Barbarian Invasions
FOUR Justinian and Mohammed
FIVE The Advance of Ecclesiastical Leadership
sıx The Making of Carolingian Kingship
SEVEN Culture and Society in the First Europe
EIGHT Ecclesia and Mundus
THIRTEEN The First Crusade and After
FOURTEEN The Intellectual Expansion of Europe
sixteen Varieties of Religious Experience
SEVENTEEN The Entrenchment of Secular Leadership
EIGHTEEN The Peace of Innocent III
NINETEEN The New Consensus and Its Limitations
TWENTY The Search for Order
TWENTYONE Late Medieval and Renaissance Culture

NINE Byzantium Islam and the West
TEN Europe in 1050
ELEVEN The Gregorian World Revolution
TWELVE The AngloNorman Monarchy and
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About the author (1994)

Norman F. Cantor was Emeritus Professor of History, Sociology, and Comparative Literature at New York University. His many books include In the Wake of the Plague, Inventing the Middle Ages, and The Civilization of the Middle Ages, the most widely read narrative of the Middle Ages in the English language. He died in 2004.

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