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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
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Published May 26th 1977 by Penguin Books (first published September 1949)
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Robert
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
Wanda
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
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 4 of 5 stars  ·  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
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
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
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!
Cate Neuhauser
Some of the sources were amazing, others were boring and unneeded
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