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The First European Revolution: 970-1215

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This book provides a radical reassessment of Europe from the late tenth to the early thirteenth centuries.
Paperback, 256 pages
Published October 19th 2000 by Wiley-Blackwell (first published 2000)
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John David
For some reason, it’s been second nature to sometimes think – at least since the time of Burckhardt, it seems - of the Renaissance as single-handedly bringing us out of the so-called Dark Ages, which loomed for almost a millennium after the fall of the Roman Empire. There have been occasional attempts at revising this historiographical conclusion, more notably Charles Homer Haskins’ “The Renaissance of the Twelfth Century,” which offer up details on the incredibly complex changes in science, tec ...more
Zachary Olsen
Oct 24, 2016 Zachary Olsen rated it it was amazing
At times, brutal writing, but Moore makes a compelling argument that the transformations in power of the 11th and 12th centuries (especially in areas formerly occupied by the Carolingian Empire) truly constitute the first European Revolution.

Undertaken exclusively by and for the upper classes of Western Europe, this revolution transformed the holding of power (centralized, based on administrative control of one's subjects), consolidated and standardized the orthodoxy of the church (beginning wit
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Katie
Jan 14, 2010 Katie rated it really liked it
"Europe" owes its existence to non-eldest sons and scholars. Oh, and castles! Moore's use of "revolution" is somewhat problematic, but he covers a tremendous amount of ground in 200 pages. I'm also amazed at his anecdotes given the tremendous difficulty involved in using medieval sources.
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Robert Ian Moore is a British historian who specialised in issues of heresy in medieval Europe. Professor Emeritus of History at Newcastle University and Fellow of the Royal Historical Society.
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