The Oxford Dictionary of the Middle Ages: 4 Volumes

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Robert E. Bjork
OUP Oxford, Jun 24, 2010 - Reference - 1962 pages
The Oxford Dictionary of the Middle Ages is a major new reference resource for all key aspects of European history, society, religion, and culture from 500 to 1500. Since neighbouring areas of Asia and North Africa impinged on and helped shape the civilization of the West, relevant aspects of the Byzantine Empire, the Islamic dynasties, and Asiatic peoples such as the Avars and the Mongols are included. It is designed both for medievalists, who need a detailed and reliable reference tool for their own research and teaching, and for non-specialists, who need an accessible guide to the study of the Middle Ages. All entries are written with both audiences in mind. Over 800 scholars, guided by an international advisory board of five and an international editorial board of 26, have written the over 5,000 entries, and these entries have been lavishly supplemented by more than 500 illustrations and 50 maps. Each entry contains a brief bibliography. Distinguishing this research resource are its balanced coverage of both the whole geographical extent of the European Middle Ages and sixteen major topics centrally important to the study of the period. Ten members of the editorial board have ensured ample coverage of geographical regions: France, Germany and Austria, Spain and Portugal, Italy, Sicily, and Latin Greece, the Low Countries, England, Scotland, Ireland, and Wales, Scandinavia and Iceland, and Central and Eastern Europe. In addition sixteen members of the board have ensured similar coverage of major international topics: art and architecture, archaeology, science, medicine, technology, law, ecclesiastical history, intellectual history, philosophy, social and economic history, Romance, Germanic, and Slavic languages and literatures, Islam, Judaica, medieval Latin, and music and liturgy. There are also separate and substantial entries on women and children in each of the geographical areas represented and in Jewish and Islamic society.

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Contents

Introduction
ix
Acknowledgements
xv
Key to Editors and Contributors
xlv
Thematic Listing of Entries
li
Bibliographical Abbreviations
lxxxv
THE OXFORD DICTIONARY OF THE MIDDLE AGES
1
VOLUME 2
47
VOLUME 4
86
Copyright

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About the author (2010)


Robert E. Bjork is Foundation Professor of English and Director of the Arizona Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies (ACMRS) at Arizona State University. He was General Editor of Modern Scandinavian Literature in Translation from 1984 to 1994; Co-Editor of Studies in Scandinavian Literature and Culture from 1992 to 2001, and has been Director and General Editor of Medieval and Renaissance Texts and Studies (ACMRS) and General Editor of Arizona Studies in the Middle Ages and Renaissance since 1996. He's been a Visiting Fellow at St Catharine's College, University of Cambridge, and a Visiting Professor of English at UCLA. His published work includes translations of five books on Old English Poetry and seven modern Swedish novels. He was President of the International Society of Anglo-Saxons 2002-3, and is a Corresponding Fellow of the English Association and Chair of the Medieval Academy of America's standing committee on Centres and Regional Associations.

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