The Medieval World: An Illustrated Atlas
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The Medieval World: An Illustrated Atlas

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Sumptuously illustrating the vivid parade of a thousand years of history, this comprehensive historical atlas concentrates on the Mediterranean world but also shows what happened across the globe between A.D. 400 and 1500 —from the fall of Rome to the age of discovery. Every page glistens with period works of art, fascinating maps, quotes from medieval figures, close-ups o...more
Hardcover, 384 pages
Published October 19th 2010 by National Geographic (first published 2009)
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In my critique of this book I have to look at is as representative of two separate genres. As a historical work it is just okay - it summarizes the works of generations of historians sometimes too tidily, completely coloring over nuances and contradictions, but what can you expect when compressing over 1000 years of history into less than 400 pages? Still, I've read much better historical syntheses.

Where National Geographic's publication excels is as a succession of captivating tableaus. Perhaps...more
Richard Willis
For the love of things...get the facts right. If you continually get things wrong, I will stop reading. It was a wonderful idea made unreadable by the constant use of statements that are not only wrong, but in their correct form, are well-known.

I really would've thought that National Geographic looked more carefully at what goes out under their name.
Anna Smithberger
Great information broken down clearly with a number of interesting timelines and pop out boxes. Really the big selling point is the wealth of richly colored, large images.
Really informative and interesting. Great maps and essays on a range of topics.
Joe Gawlik
Good companion to the other text books I'm reading for my Birth of Europe class at University of South Carolina Aiken
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