The History of the Medieval World: From the Conversion of Constantine to the First Crusade

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W. W. Norton & Company, Feb 22, 2010 - History - 768 pages

A masterful narrative of the Middle Ages, when religion became a weapon for kings all over the world.

In her earlier work, The History of the Ancient World, Susan Wise Bauer wrote of the rise of kingship based on might. But in the years between the fourth and twelfth centuries, rulers had to find new justification for their power, and they turned to divine truth or grace to justify political and military action. Right began to replace might as the engine of empire.

Not just Christianity and Islam but also the religions of the Persians, the Germans, and the Mayas were pressed into the service of the state. Even Buddhism and Confucianism became tools for nation building. This phenomenon—stretching from the Americas all the way to Japan—changed religion, but it also changed the state.

The History of the Medieval World is a true world history, linking the great conflicts of Europe to the titanic struggles for power in India and Asia. In its pages, El Cid and Guanggaeto, Julian the Apostate and the Brilliant Emperor, Charles the Hammer and Krum the Bulgarian stand side by side. From the schism between Rome and Constantinople to the rise of the Song Dynasty, from the mission of Muhammad to the crowning of Charlemagne, from the sacred wars of India to the establishment of the Knights Templar, this erudite book tells the fascinating, often violent story of kings, generals, and the peoples they ruled.

 

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This was an amazing romp through the Middle Ages. Bauer's swift, deft description of the events (documented from a variety of sources) gets to the heart and soul of the timeline. The only gripe is ... Read full review

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Mrs. Bauer is going to tell you just how good you have it. Or better yet. She is not going to tell you how good you have it, she is going to make you feel like a dunce for taking your life or anything ... Read full review

Contents

Two Seeking the Mandate of Heaven 4 China 313402
13
Three An Empire of the Mind 4 India 319415
21
Four The Persian Threat 4 The Roman empire the Persian empire
28
Six Earthquake and Invasion 4 The Roman empire the islands
41
Seven Refounding the Kingdom 4 The kingdoms of Goguryeo Baekje
51
Nine Excommunicated 4 The Roman empire the islands ofBritain
63
Ten Cracked in Two 4 The Roman empire 392396
72
Twelve One Nature versus Two 4 The eastern Roman empire and
85
FortyThree Creating the Past 4 Japan 661714
327
FortyFour The Days of the Empress 4 China the kingdom of Tibet and
333
FortyFive Paths into Europe 4 The Byzantine empire the Umayyad caliphate
341
FortySix The Kailasa of the South 4 The Umayyad caliphate and India
357
FortyEight The Abbasids 4 The Umayyad caliphate the kingdom of
363
FortyNine Charlemagne 4 Italy the kingdom of the Franks the lands of
371
FiftyThree Castle Lords and Regents 4 Silla and Japan 790872
405
FiftyFive The Third Dynasty 4 The Abbasid empire 809833
423

Thirteen Seeking a Homeland 4 The western Roman empire and
91
Fifteen Northern Ambitions 4 China 420464
100
Sixteen The Huns 4 The western Roman empire the eastern Roman empire
106
Seventeen Attila 4 The western Roman empire the eastern Roman empire
115
Nineteen The High Kings 4 The islands of Britain 451470
125
Twenty The End of the Roman Myth 4 The western Roman empire
132
Part Three
141
TwentyThree Aspirations 4 China and the kingdoms of Goguryeo Baekje
159
TwentyFour Resentment 4 China 479534
165
TwentyFive Elected Kings 4 The kingdoms of the Franks the Visigoths
172
TwentySix Invasion and Eruption 4 India and the southeastern islands
180
TwentySeven The Americas 4 Mesoamerica c 500600
186
TwentyEight Great and Holy Majesty 4 Eastern Africa Arabia the Persian
193
TwentyNine Pestilence 4 The Persian empire the Byzantine empire North Africa
203
Thirty The Heavenly Sovereign 4 The kingdoms of Goguryeo Baekje Silla
215
ThirtyOne Reunification 4 China and Goguryeo 546612
223
ThirtyTwo The South Indian Kings 4 India 543620 231 Two Emperors 4 Italy the kingdom of the Visigoths the eastern
237
ThirtyFive Gregory the Great 4 Italy and the islands of Britain 572604
255
ThirtySix The Persian Crusade 4 The eastern Roman empire the Persian
261
ThirtySeven The Prophet 4 Arabia 590622
273
ThirtyEight Tang Dominance 4 China Japan the Turkish Khaghanates
282
ThirtyNine The Tribe of Faith 4 Arabia 622642
291
Forty Intersection 4 India and Sri Lanka 640684
302
Part Four
317
FiftySeven LongLived Kings 4 India and the southeastern islands of Sumatra
437
Sixty The Great Army of the Vikings 4 The islands of Britain 865878
458
SixtyTwo Kampaku 4 Japan 884940
472
SixtyFour The Creation of Normandy 4 Italy and Western Francia 902911
488
SixtySeven The Capture of Baghdad 4 AlAndalus the Abbasid and Fatimid
504
SixtyEight Three Kingdoms 4 Goryeo and China 918979
511
SixtyNine Kings of England 4 The Scandinavian kingdoms and the islands
518
Seventy The Baptism of the Rus 4 The Byzantine empire Bulgaria and
530
SeventyOne The Holy Roman Emperor 4 Germany Italy and Western Francia
550
SeventyThree Basil the BulgarSlayer 4 The Byzantine Abbasid and Fatimid
560
SeventyFour Defending the Mandate 4 China 9791033
568
SeventyFive The New Found Land 4 Greenland and the Americas 9851050
574
SeventySeven Danish Domination 4 England Scotland the Scandinavian
596
SeventyNine The Kings of Spain 4 Spain and North Africa 10161108
613
Eighty The Arrival of the Turks 4 The Byzantine empire and the lands
625
EightyOne The Loss of the Song 4 China Goryeo and the peoples to the north
634
EightyThree The Call 4 The Byzantine empire Italy Germany and the lands
648
EightyFour Fighting for Jerusalem 4 The Byzantine empire and the lands of
656
EightyFive Aftershocks 4 Spain and Jerusalem 11181129
664
Notes
669
Works Cited
703
Permissions
719
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Susan Wise Bauer is a writer, educator, and historian. Her previous books include the Writing With Ease, Writing With Skill, and Story of the World series from Well-Trained Mind Press, as well as The Well-Trained Mind: A Guide to Classical Education at Home, The Well-Educated Mind: A Guide to the Classical Education You Never Had, Rethinking School, The Story of Western Science: From the Writings of Aristotle to the Big Bang Theory, and the History of the World series, all from W. W. W. Norton. She has a Ph.D. in American Studies from the College of William & Mary in Virginia, as well as an M.A. in seventeenth-century literature and a Master of Divinity in Ancient Near Eastern Languages and Literature. For fifteen years, she taught literature and composition at the College of William and Mary.

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