The History of the Medieval World : From the Conversion of Constantine to the First Crusade
by Susan Wise Bauer
Editor: WW Norton & Co
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From the schism between Rome and Constantinople to the rise of the Dynasty of T’ ang, from the birth of Muhammad to the coronation of Charlemagne, this scholarly work tells the fascinating, often violent, story of kings, generals, and peoples have they judged.In her earlier work, The History of the Old World, Susan Wise Bauer wrote of the rise of power-based royaltyBut in the years between the fourth and twelfth centuries, leaders had to find new justifications for their power, and they turned to divine truth or grace to justify political and military action.Straight replaces so could the empire’s engineNot only Christianity and Islam, but the religion of the Persians, and the Germans, and even Buddhism, are driven into the service of the state.This phenomenon-which extends from the Americas to Japan–changes in religion, but also changes in the state of the world.
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