Handbook to Life in the Medieval World, Volume 1

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Facts On File, 2008 - History - 974 pages
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A landmark three-volume reference, Handbook to Life in the Medieval World looks at the medieval period from the perspective of Christians, Jews, and Muslims who inherited and inhabited the classical Roman Empire, which stretched from the British Isles through Continental Europe, the Mediterranean, North Africa, the Middle East, Asia Minor, and beyond. Treating together the history, culture, economy, and societies of these three civilizations allows us to see clearly how closely intertwined their lives were, even at times of intense conflict and enmity.

Life in the medieval world differed markedly for Christians, Jews, and Muslims, and surprising examples of interrelationships among these three cultural groups are best understood by studying these differences. In the years between 500 and 1500, each of these three cultures created admirable works, but few modern books provide adequate information on any but the Christian culture of the Middle Ages. Following the classic format of the Handbook to Life series, this unique set offers a comprehensive reference to the history, society, economy, warfare, science, philosophy, religion, culture, and everyday life of the medieval world.

Chapters include:
  • Art and Architecture
  • Clothing and Textiles
  • Economy and Trade
  • History
  • Holidays and Festivals
  • Literature
  • Medicine, Science, and Technology
  • Music and Dance
  • Mysticism and Magic
  • Philosophy and Religion
  • Society
  • Warfare and Weapons.
Each chapter includes an extensive bibliography, and more than 140 original line drawings, photographs, and maps complement the text.

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Cosman is an author, attorney, and lecturer whose areas of expertise iclude medical law and medieval life.

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