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The Portable Medieval Reader

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DESCRIPTION OF BOOK: THE PAGEANT OF THEMIDDLE AGES - IN THEOLOGY, HISTORY, TRAVEL, SCIENCE, EDUCATION, AND IMAGINATIVE LITERATURE- BROUGHT TO LIFE BY WRITERS OF THE PERIOD 1050-1500. DANTE ALIGHIERI, FRANCESCO PETRARCA, GEOFFREY CHAUCER, SAINT THOMAS AQUINAS, PETER ABELARD, LEONARDO DA VINCI, ROGER BACON, AND DOZENS OF OTHERS. "A CROSS SECTION OFSOURCE HISTORY ANDLITERATUR ...more
ebook, 704 pages
Published May 26th 1977 by Penguin Books (first published September 1949)
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Robert
Apr 08, 2009 Robert rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: research
On one level, nothing beats this: going straight to the source, reading what the ancients had to say about their lives, their world, their thoughts. Bernard of Gui describing the Inquisition, not as someone trying to justify it to posterity but simply as a leader of that movement describing what it was he did; or Roger Bacon laying out the principles of what we would come to call the scientific method--while at the same time expressing his own deep faith, and his certainty that this method he wa ...more
Jeremy
Jul 24, 2015 Jeremy rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: middle-ages
The selections in this collection are broad enough that anyone interested in the High Middle Ages will find something to enjoy. However, the scope of the anthology is also a drawback - readers will find passages or entire sections that likely do not interest them. The major weakness of the text though is the lack of introductory or contextual notes for the passages. There are a few pages of general introduction at the beginning of the compilation that explain the authors' editing choices, but th ...more
Wanda
Aug 08, 2013 Wanda rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
The book is a selection of excerpts from various original documents on just about every aspect of European medieval life, although most of the excerpts concern England, Italy or France and a bit of Germany and the Holy Land.
The selections were of uneven interest to me personally, but all held at least some attraction and after finishing all 690 pages of the Penguin edition I read, I had a much clearer understanding of the world as it was some 40 generations ago. As the lucid and informative Int
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Jeff Crompton
Jun 15, 2013 Jeff Crompton rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A wildly varied collection of writings from the Middle Ages: history, philosophy, household hints, poetry, travel writing, "science," etc. The selections range from the fascinating to the boring to the exasperating; I devoured some and skimmed others. But I certainly understand the Medieval period better now. For example, I certainly was not aware, but should have been, I suppose, of the extent that life and politics, not just theology, revolved around the Catholic church.

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Kajah
May 11, 2011 Kajah rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Medievel enthusiasts or anyone with a general interest in history
This eclectic collection of text from the medieval times is at turns fascinating, funny, horrible, and illuminating. "Notes upon first encountering some Turks" (or something like that tittle) accounts a skirmish of Franks with certain Saracens and their combination of disdain and admiration, and complementary to this is the "Upon First Encounters with a Frank" by an Islamic author: both of these excerpts are fun, personal enlightening sketches of what one of the most important historical confron ...more
Holly
Jun 21, 2013 Holly rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: history, medieval-lit
A great broad introduction to the way people lived and thought during the Middle Ages in a collection of writings and excerpts by the people who lived during this time. Most enjoyable was reading about the barbarous Irish and then reading a couple different views on crusaders by a Greek and and Arab. A little bit of everything here.
sologdin
Oct 16, 2014 sologdin rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
these Viking readers are usually too ambitious, attempting to pack in massive amounts in limited space. A for effort, I guess, but the selections are too cursory for anything other than a general introduction.
Russell
Jun 20, 2011 Russell rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Excellent collection of quotable quotes from the era of Chivalry, a little before and a wee bit after as well. Looking for Guido Cavalcanti? He's here. How about Lambert of Hersfeld? Look no further!
Tara Calaby
Sep 13, 2015 Tara Calaby rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: history, own, read-for-uni
I don't remember a lot about this one, beyond the fact that I definitely read it for my undergrad degree.
Cate Neuhauser
Some of the sources were amazing, others were boring and unneeded
Joel Dougherty
Jan 27, 2010 Joel Dougherty rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Interesting.
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