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The Medieval World: Europe 1100-1350

3.85  ·  Rating Details ·  59 Ratings  ·  5 Reviews
Paperback, 365 pages
Published October 1st 1998 by Welcome Rain Publishers (first published 1961)
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Lauren Albert
Jul 25, 2016 Lauren Albert rated it it was amazing
Shelves: history-european
I was not very surprised when I read Heer's brief bio on Goodreads to read: "In 1967 Friedrich Heer became the first winner of the Martin Buber-Franz Rosenzweig Medal, awarded by a group of fourty-four German societies for Christian and Jewish understanding, for his achievement with God's First Love." He was arrested by the Nazis in 1938 and later founded a resistance group. For someone born in 1916, he was remarkably enlightened.
Published in 1961 in German, the book defends the role of women,
Apr 09, 2015 Bob rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I found this be an absorbing, closely argued, dense, and scholarly account of its subject, which I should mention is NOT the medieval scene as a whole, but instead the social, cultural, and intellectual history of the High Middle Ages (i.e. 1100-1350). My complaints are somewhat minor: It's a little too "scholarly" for my taste--quite a few names (people, sites, art works, literary works) are dropped without a whole lot of context being given. Therefore, it seems targeted more at confirmed ...more
Nicole Marble
Mar 21, 2010 Nicole Marble rated it it was amazing
A long book. A detailed book. A fascinating book. Heer makes some fascinating points - the one that interested me the most was that in the early Middle Ages, Europeans all felt they were 'part of Christendom' - one people all pulling together. But as the Roman Church gained and wielded power, it began to demand obedience and dominance which resulted in religious divisions, which divided the church at the time, and of course, eventually resulted in the Protestant Reformation. An excellent book.
Apr 23, 2009 Charles marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
Looks like a good companion to Heer's amazing INTELLECTUAL HISTORY OF EUROPE, a book so good that every paragraph has insights that beg to be highlighted. Some claim the book is too schematic, but I find in it a way to bring highly complex movements into focus, at least until better proposals are found.
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The historian Friedrich Heer was born in Vienna in 1916. He received a PhD at the University in Vienna in 1938. Even as a student he came into conflict with pan-German thinking historians as a staunch opponent of National Socialism.

Friedrich Heer was arrested for the first time on 11 March 1938 by the Austrian Nazis. He founded a small Catholic resistance group and sought to amalgamate into one or
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