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An illustrated collection of almost 100 first-hand accounts of the period known as the Middle Ages, roughly from the fourth to the sixteenth centuries. The selection reflects the culture of the people who lived during this period and the contributions they made to their world and our own.
Hardcover, 368 pages
Published December 31st 1994 by HarperCollins Publishers (first published 1994)
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May 29, 2008 P. rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Historians, Medievalists, English majors
A wonderful compilation of powerful readings selected and most importantly, organized by the famous Medieval scholar Norman F. Cantor. He has selected most of the obvious and famous cuttings (Becket's murder, Abelard's travail, the trial of the Templars, etc). But he has organized and collated all the readings into a systematic anachronistic whole. One does not have to consult the index or a chronology to find out about scutage and discover that it is in twenty different places. The organization ...more
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Mar 26, 2008 Beth rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Fascinating primary source material about the Middle Ages, collected and edited for people like me who don't have the patience or education to wade through entire texts of this stuff.

Norman Cantor is my go-to author on the Middle Ages!
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Born in Winnipeg, Canada, Cantor received his B.A. at the University of Manitoba in 1951. He went on to get his master's degree in 1953 from Princeton University and spent a year as a Rhodes Scholar at the University of Oxford. He received his doctorate from Princeton in 1957 under the direction of the eminent medievalist Joseph R. Strayer.

After teaching at Princeton, Cantor moved to Columbia Univ
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