Debating Medieval Europe: The Early Middle Ages, c. 450–c. 1050 - Manchester University Press (Hardback)
  • Debating Medieval Europe: The Early Middle Ages, c. 450–c. 1050 - Manchester University Press (Hardback)
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Debating Medieval Europe: The Early Middle Ages, c. 450–c. 1050 - Manchester University Press (Hardback)

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Published: 29/01/2020
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Debating medieval Europe serves as an entry point for studying and teaching medieval history. Rather than simply presenting foundational knowledge or introducing sources, it provides the reader with frameworks for understanding the distinctive historiography of the period, digging beneath the historical accounts provided by other textbooks to expose the contested foundations of apparently settled narratives. It opens a space for discussion and debate, as well as providing essential context for the sometimes overwhelming abundance of specialist scholarship.

Volume I addresses the early Middle Ages, covering the period c. 450–c. 1050. The chapters are organised chronologically, and cover such topics as the Carolingian Order, England and the ‘Atlantic Archipelago’, the Vikings and Ottonian Germany. It features a highly distinguished selection of medieval historians, including Paul Fouracre and Janet L. Nelson.

Publisher: Manchester University Press
ISBN: 9781526117328
Number of pages: 320
Dimensions: 216 x 138 x 19 mm


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'The contributors to this edited volume do not engage in debate in the style of oppositional exposition, such as by questioning whether there was a Renaissance or what the causes of WW I were. Rather, they offer overviews of what has happened, looking at familiar chapters of medieval history, such as “The Transformation of the Roman World,” “The Carolingian Moment,” and “The Norman World, c. 1000-c.1100.” All the authors work from the premise that the traditional narrative, while not incorrect, has been modified by the scholarship of the last generation—newer work is well cited in the extensive chapter bibliographies—and that a more nuanced picture of medieval society is now emerging to enrich and amplify older generalizations. For instance, the more recent focus on royal women, greater ambiguity about burial practices and religious conviction, and more qualifications in the hagiographic accounts of Irish monks shaped by conversions all enrich the familiar story. These are readable essays with special concern for the student studying in a survey course. The promise of a second volume for the later medieval period sounds a welcome note.'--J. T. Rosenthal, emeritus, SUNY at Stony BrookSumming Up: Recommended. All undergraduates.Reprinted with permission from Choice Reviews. All rights reserved. Copyright by the American Library Association. - .

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