The Oxford History of Medieval Europe
by George Holmes
Editor: Oxford University Press
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It is the most authoritative account of life in medieval Europe, between the fall of the Roman Empire and the advent of the Renaissance.Complete coverage is given to all aspects of life in a thousand-year period that saw the creation of Western civilization: from the empires and kingdoms of Charlemagne, the Byzantines, and the Hundred Years War, to the ideals of the Crusades, the construction of great cathedrals, and the social catastrophe of the Black Death; the cultural worlds of knighthood, popular festivals, and new forms of artThe chapters show the movement of the centre of gravity in European life, from the Mediterranean to the north; and the authors explore the contrast between the Byzantines and the Renaissance cultures in the south and the new complex of political and social structures in northwest Europe, which in 1300 had the most advanced civilization the world has ever seen
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