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The Medieval Expansion of Europe
Between the year 1000 and the mid-14th century, several remarkable events unfolded as Europeans made contact with a very substantial part of the inhabited world, much of it never previously known or suspected to exist by them. Leif Ericsson and other Vikings discovered North America; European crusading armies established themselves in Syria and Palestine; Marco Polo and ...more
Paperback, 344 pages
Published December 24th 1998 by Clarendon Press
(first published October 20th 1988)
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I thought this was wonderful. Phillips looks at what "Europe" knew about the world, what they thought they knew and what they didn't know at all. It's more complex than that, obviously, since he doesn't look at Europe as a single entity. One of my favorite parts was his discussion of the many times Europeans and Mongols tried (unsuccessfully) to coordinate their attacks on Muslim countries. I hadn't ever known about that. Just the thought that they'd tried was amazing to me.
Interesting book that takes the well-known history of the exploration and colonisation of Iceland and Greenland and put it in context of European exploration and discovery during the middle ages. Very wide-ranging this volume makes a lot of specialised information available to the general reader.
John Roland Seymour Phillips, after a long teachng career was made Professor emeritus at University College Dublin.More about J.R.S. Phillips...