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Medieval Civilization 400-1500

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In this engrossing study of an 1,100-year period that transformed ancient Europe, celebrated medievalist Jacques Le Goff explores the startling contradictions that helped to forge a durable civilization. It was a period of violence and bloodshed, in which plague and harsh natural conditions conspired against progress. It was also a period of nation-building and considerabl ...more
Hardcover, 409 pages
Published 2011 by Folio Society (first published 1964)
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May 30, 2012 Alexia rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: college, own-ebook
I had to read this book for my Medieval Ages class in College. It is a very interesting book and the author aproaches the subject in a very interesting way.

However, I did find a bit complicated to keep track of his thoughts throughout the book, he kind of loses himself at some point.

To be honest, there are more light reading if you want something easy about Medieval Civilization, BUT I would be lying if I told you this is a bad book. It isn't, it is an excelent book, specially if you are in Co
Aug 10, 2011 Mathieu rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: history
Comme a dit Umberto Eco à Fontevraud (en présence de Le Goff lui-même) en 2007: "avec ce livre j'ai eu une révélation: j'ai enfin su qu'au Moyen Age, ils mangeaient des fèves." Un livre-clé pour comprendre le Moyen Age par le plus grand médiéviste français actuel.
Mihai Zodian
Sep 29, 2014 Mihai Zodian rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
”Jacques Le Goff, Civilizaţia Occidentului medieval, Editura Ştiinţifică, Bucureşti, 1970, 730 p.

Una dintre cele mai detaliate prezentări ale societăţii medievale, sceptică, în acelaşi timp, în ceea ce priveşte generalizările cauzale. Lucrarea este divizată între explicarea vieţii „materiale”, pe de o parte, adică a condiţiilor economice, structurilor sociale şi tehnologia şi pe de alta, a mentalităţilor, dar fără a stabili relaţii clare între aceste domenii, totuşi, corelate în opinia lui Le G
Христо Блажев
Средновековие на глад, епидемии, жестокост, грубост…:

"Читателят може да сметне моето описание за прекалено „мрачно“ и в противовес на това да замечтае с наслада и доверчивост на очарователния образ, внушаван от „Златната легенда“. Верятно е той да се опита да заклейми моето Средновековие на глад, епидемии, жестокост, грубост, за да върне едно Средновековие на възвишени химни, великолепни катедрали и обаятелни светци. Бих искал само тези явления, а те са и
Noé Ajo caamaño
Jun 13, 2014 Noé Ajo caamaño rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Un libro muy interesante para los que, igual que yo mismo, tengan un conocimiento escaso de la historia de nuestro occidente medieval. Las cronologías se reducen a lo esencial, y permite asomarse al sabor del ambiente de un mundo extraño, un mundo oscuro obsesionado con la luz... y la comida. El tiempo, los espacios, creencias, vida material, etc...
Jul 27, 2013 Sylvia rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: any one who wants to know more about medieval Europe
Very good, but not easy to read, study on medieval culture. The book begins with an historical overview, but the second part - the largest - concentrates on all kinds of aspects of the medieval society and its development during its 1000 years duration.
Nov 24, 2015 Erica rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Took me forever, but I finally got through it. Not because I hated it. I'm just a lit major so I have to read everything forever, and any side reading is done when I'm about to fall asleep in bed. I really enjoyed this. It was detailed and comprehensive, and gave me a good view of the era as well as the changes that took place over the course of a thousand years. A lot of people seem to view the Middle Ages as being homogeneous, and that all progress was arrested during this time, but this showe ...more
Simon Mcleish
Apr 03, 2012 Simon Mcleish rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Originally published on my blog here in January 1999.

Medieval Civilization is an examination of the Middle Ages as a culture, an attempt to get into the minds of men and women quite alien to modern thought patters yet from whom modern culture derives.

Available for many years in France before being translated into English (at which point some revision was made), le Goff's work fits very much into the style of French historical writing whose best known exponent was Fernand Braudel. The earlier per
Aug 09, 2013 Ryan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: medieval-history
At times this book flares up with some great insights. I was spellbound by Le Goff's ideas about medieval literature, and his discussion of cosmology. On the other hand, I was put off by the disorganized presentation, the author's thinly veiled animosity towards religion and the very dull chapters on economics. I do realize that Le Goff is an Annales historian, but the last part of this work is so scattershot in its approach that I can remember few of its important points. Although it is, for th ...more
Ismael Torres
Nov 04, 2014 Ismael Torres rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Love Jacques Le Goff and this book was no disappointing at all. Great resource for History and Medieval History fans.
Jan 31, 2016 Outmind rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

Fantastic work - interesting, gripping and thoroughly enjoyable.
Sara W
Well, I finally finished this book. It was good overall, although some parts were better and more interesting than others. It bordered on being an academic writing (or so it seemed), so some sections were a tad dry and a decent amount just went over my head even when I was concentrating. There is a ton of information in this book though, so I'm sure it's one that I will pick up again in the future to see if any of it makes more sense to me (right now, a lot of the names and dates mentioned don't ...more
Apr 05, 2015 Andre rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Un survol intéressant de l'occident médiéval. Livre dense, il couvre plusieurs tendances qui définissent l'époque selon la compréhension actuelle de l'histoire.
Sharon Morris
A thorough and interesting read about the Middle Ages. However, the frequent Latin quotes and occasional references to people and events that assumed the reader was familiar with them was a bit distracting.
Jackson Cyril
This is largely a cultural and economic history of the Medieval period written by a master who is genuinely excited about the subject. This is no boring tome. Le Goff guides the reader through the period with generous samplings of primary source material that are often very funny, sometimes sad and always illuminating. You can't go wrong with this book if you know some of the principle figures (i.e Frederick II, St. Louis, Joinville etc).
Open University's Cultural History course book
The early chapters were a nightmare because of all the lists of barbarian attacks. It just got me all dizzy and I wished he would have just told about the ones that were of great signifigance to medieval culture. Also, some of the foreign language phrases weren't even translated. Not all bad but it came across as a bit too heavy for me.
Sep 13, 2015 Marc rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: middle-ages
Knap overzicht, maar wellicht op vele punten al gedateerd. Wel opvallend korte behandeling van de laatmiddeleeuwse periode. 1ste druk van het werk dateert al van 1964, maar standaardwerk, typerend voor de Annalesschool,
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Non è una lettura da spiaggia, ma per il resto vale tutto il tempo che ci si perde sopra.
Un libro da non perdere
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A prolific medievalist of international renown, Le Goff is sometimes considered the principal heir and continuator of the movement known as Annales School (École des Annales), founded by his intellectual mentor Marc Bloch. Le Goff succeeded Fernand Braudel in 1972 at the head of the École des hautes études en sciences sociales (EHESS) and was succeeded by François Furet in 1977. Along with Pierre ...more
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