Readings in Medieval History

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Patrick J. Geary
University of Toronto Press, 2010 - History - 812 pages
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"Instructors of medieval history are fortunate to have at their disposal a new edition of the best selection of medieval primary sources in English translation available today. Like its predecessors, this fourth edition fulfills the promise expressed in the author's preface: to introduce us and our students to documents representing a great variety of genres, subjects, and places throughout medieval Europe and to present those documents in their entirety or in substantial portions. The documents allow us, the teachers, and more importantly, our students, the freedom to read in depth, select, and analyze---to practice history at its best, right in the classroom."---Piotr Gorecki, University of California, Riverside

"Geary's careful and wise selection of texts in his reader provides the best balance between range and depth necessary for a successful source book. Students are introduced to the richness of medieval evidence and can engage with the personalities who produced it in a way that encourages further study and reflection on the Middle Ages."---Nicholas Everett, University of Toronto

"Provides an excellent selection of complete texts or substantial extracts from key primary sources, helpfully grouped thematically and illustrating many current issues in modern historical study ... an invaluable introduction."---Rosamond McKitterick, Newnham College, University of Cambridge

"The best collection of medieval documents in print."---A.J. Andrea, University of Vermont

For this new edition, Patrick J. Geary has incorporated more bibliographical information into the introductions to the readings. Five texts have been added to better reflect legal, religious, Polish, and women's history. A glossary is provided to help with unfamiliar terms. For students who want to dig deeper into the primary sources, secondary readings about the primary sources are listed.
 

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Contents

Late Antiquity 1 Theodosian Code
1
Augustine of Hippo On Christian Doctrine
28
City of God
46
St Perpetua The Passion of Saints Perpetua and Felicitas
58
The Barbarian World 4 Tacitus Germania
65
Jordanes History of the Goths
78
Hildebrandslied
111
The Early Franks 7 The Tomb of Childeric Father of Clovis
113
Ibn AlAthir
413
Anna Comnena
418
The Fourth Lateran Council 30 Canons of the Fourth Lateran Council 1215
430
The Mendicants 31 The Rule of Saint Francis of Assisi
456
Clare of Assisi Testament
460
Canonization Process of St Dominic
464
Thomas of Cantimpré Defense of the Mendicants
475
St Thomas Aquinas On the Proofs of Gods Existence
478

Salic Law
122
Bishops Remigius of Reims and Avitus of Vienne Letters to Clovis
129
Gregory of Tours History of the Franks
131
Life of Saint Balthild
153
Early Italy 12 Saint Benedict Rule for Monasteries
159
Gregory the Great Dialogues
189
AngloSaxon England 14 Laws of Ethelbert
209
Bede History of the English Church and People
212
King Alfred Dooms
223
The Treaty between Alfred and Guthrum 886890
228
Assers Life of King Alfred
230
AngloSaxon Chronicle
239
Theodore Penitential
247
The Carolingians 18 Einhard Life of Charles the Great
266
Selected Capitularies
280
Dhuodas Handbook for her Son Liber Manualis
302
Cluniac Charters The Foundation Charter of Cluny
315
Charters of the Grossi Family
317
Miracles of Saint Foy
322
Anselm Proslogion
329
Bernard of Clairvaux Sermons on the Song of Songs
342
Guibert of Nogent Memoirs
351
Lords and Vassals 26 Fulbert of Chartres Letter to William of Aquitaine
376
Hugh ofLusignan Agreement between Lord and Vassal
377
Galbert of Bruges The Murder of Charles the Good
382
The First Crusade 29 Four Accounts Fulcher of Chartres
394
Solomon Bar Simson
406
Church and Society in the Fourteenth and Fifteenth Centuries 36 Jacques Fournier Inquisition Records
482
Marsilius of Padua Discourses
502
The Book of Margery Kempe
523
The Empire 39 Liudprand of Cremona A Chronicle of Ottos Reign
554
Pope Gregory VII and King Henry IV The Investiture Controversy
562
The Concordat of Worms
587
Otto of Freising The Deeds of Frederick Barbarossa
588
The Saxon Mirror Sachsenspiegel
598
Emperor Charles IV Autobiography
603
The Golden Bull
618
The Deeds of the Princes of the Poles
639
The Chronicle of Thietmar of Merseburg
647
Joinville Life of St Louis
649
Enquêts of King Louis
667
Jean Froissart Chronicles
677
The Trial of Joan of Arc
701
Domesday Book
716
Richard fitz Nigel Dialogue of the Exchequer
724
An Example
730
Royal Courts of England The Huntingdonshire Eyre of 1286
752
The Iberian Peninsula
759
Italy
770
Catasto of 1427
781
Gregorio Dati Diary
793
Glossary
808
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Patrick J. Geary, Professor of History at the University of California, Los Angeles, is the author and editor of numerous books on medieval history.

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