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The Medieval World

4.01  ·  Rating Details ·  81 Ratings  ·  5 Reviews
Offers 10 profiles written by 10 of todays leading medievalists: monks, the warrior & the knight, the peasant & agriculture, the city-dweller & life in cities & towns, the intellectual, the artist, the merchant, women & the family, the saint, & the marginal man. Opens a delightful window into the past & will be essential reading for students of ...more
Paperback, 392 pages
Published 1997 by Parkgate Books (first published January 1st 1991)
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pani Katarzyna
Jun 12, 2016 pani Katarzyna rated it it was ok
Shelves: history, 2016, middle-ages
I was reading this one for WAY too long but, admittedly, it was awfully difficult to get into. The book is divided into ten chapters, each of them is supposed to introduce a different figure from those times – a monk, a knight, a merchant etc. Each one of these chapters is an article written by a different author. Sounds great, sounds up my alley, but in fact about half of it was a mild torture to go through. First off, some chapters were more absorbing than others, not because of their subject, ...more
Nov 02, 2012 Tomáš rated it really liked it
Skvělá kniha- ovšem pro ty co mají hluboký zájem o historii a dřímá v nich sociolog
Stephen Simpson
Mar 01, 2016 Stephen Simpson rated it it was ok
I suppose the idea could have worked (vignettes written by respected scholars of medieval history), but this a case where the work is something less than the sum of its parts. As would be expected from having multiple authors, there really wasn't a lot of continuity between the segments and the overall quality was very mixed. I can't recall anything written in this book that I haven't found elsewhere in other works, so there's really nothing compelling to recommend it.

It's not bad or unreadable
Sep 04, 2014 Elizabeth rated it liked it
I don't have the languages to compare with the originals, but I get the sense that the English translation is not of the highest quality. The chapters vary quite a lot in readability, sometimes due to organization, sometimes due to possibly indifferent translation. I do like the concept, a series of type-portraits, and there is quite a lot of information to be absorbed.
Nov 16, 2010 Laginestra rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: historia
Le Goff è storico di razza, e questo libro è forse la cosa più divulgativa che abbia scritto. Utile per avvicinarsi al suo mondo, assolutamente superfluo se avete letto altro dell'autore.
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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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