The Two Cities: Medieval Europe, 1050-1320
First published to wide critical acclaim in 1992, The Two Cities has become an essential text for students of medieval history. For the second edition, the author has thoroughly revised each chapter, bringing the material up to date and taking the historiography of the past decade into account.
The Two Cities covers a colourful period from the schism between the eastern and western churches to the death of Dante. It encompasses key topics such as:
Running through it all is the defining characteristic of the high Middle Ages: the delicate relationship between the spiritual and secular worlds, the two 'cities' of the title.
This survey provides all the facts and background information that students need, and is defined into straightforward thematic chapters. It makes extensive use of primary sources, and makes new trends in research accessible to students. Its fresh approach gives students the most rounded, lively and integrated view of the high Middle Ages available.
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LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - thcson - LibraryThing
This is probably the most boring history book I've read. The story is told through endless sequences of names and dates. It's all correct and meticulously researched, of course, but such bare facts ... Read full review
LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - iftyzaidi - LibraryThing
A reasonably comprehensive introduction to the middle ages. Because of the large geographical area and lengthy period it covers it does resort to generalisations and is not a traditional narrative history. Read full review
The physical environment
Monasticism and the friars
The Iberian kingdoms
The states of eastern and northern Europe
The Crusader States
The medieval world view
Art and society
Western Christendom and the wider world