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Europe in the Central Middle Ages, 962-1154

(General History of Europe)

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An introduction which explores the emergence of the distinctive character of medievel Europe from 962-1154. The text covers key themes including the reform and revival of the Papcy, the heyday of the medieval Empire, the rise of the Normans and the early Crusades.
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Published January 1st 1987 by Longman Publishing Group (first published 1975)
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WarpDrive
Jun 13, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Central Middle Ages, and in particular the interval between the second half of the 10th Century and the mid of the 12th Century included, is one of the most critical periods in the long process of cultural, economic and political formation of the civilization that would later consolidate in the embryonic modern Europe.
It is a fascinating, complex and contradictory period, which saw the emergence of religious intolerance and fanaticism, but also of the first symptoms of a renovated and refre
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Michael Percy
Jul 03, 2011 rated it really liked it
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This was a hard read, but well worth the effort. I'd be particularly interested to see if there were major differences in style between the 1964 edition (the edition I read) and later re-writes. It was helpful to be reading the story of Saladin at the same time, at least to learn about the later parts of the period from a variety of perspectives. It would be useful for non-Europeans to have an atlas at hand, especially to identify the historical areas outlined. I'd recommend having a general und ...more
Robert
Sep 13, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A pretty straightforward beginner's history with an emphasis on French, German, and Papal/clerical territories and figures. Byzantine, Norman/English, Crusades are covered, though comparatively in less detail. Political figures and spiritual leaders rather than artists are covered, including Pope Urban, Gregory VII, Bernard, the German and French Kings and leading dukes, Robert Guiscard, Peter Abelard, Bohemond, etc... There is however, a section on The Chanson de Roland's effect on the medieval ...more
Robert Gebhardt
May 02, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: middle-ages, history
The perfect book for those who wish to get lost in the central middle ages. And I say "lost" because this book is 470 pages full of information. It covers all aspects of life during this time, although the section(s) on kings and monarchs couldn't help seeming like a lost list of names and dates (and there are more Henry's than I can deal with).

Some interesting tidbits:
Apparently in England people couldn't build towers (because they would threaten the king), so people with a lot of money and wi
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Mark Merritt
Apr 21, 2020 rated it really liked it
Good overview of a difficult topic. Well written, somewhat slow at times but that’s because it’s a big topic to cram in in just a few pages.
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Christopher Nugent Lawrence Brooke CBE FBA FSA was a British medieval historian.

From 1974 to 1994 he was Dixie Professor of Ecclesiastical History at the University of Cambridge. He was married to fellow medievalist, Rosalind B. Brooke.

Brooke was the son of medieval historian Zachary Nugent Brooke (1 December 1883 – 7 October 1946).
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