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A History of Medieval Europe: From Constantine to Saint Louis
R.C. Davis provided the classic account of the European medieval world; equipping generations of undergraduate and 'A' level students with sufficient grasp of the period to debate diverse historical perspectives and reputations. His book has been important grounding for both modernists required to take a course in medieval history, and those who seek to specialise in the m ...more
Paperback, 476 pages
Published February 1st 2006 by Routledge
(first published 1957)
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I thought this was a good general history although I think the coverage of the development of the Holy Roman Empire is a bit confusing--both Charlemagne and Otto are referred to as the founder. I may have more to say as I type up my notes but I do think this is a good starting place for someone new to the subject.
Oct 19, 2013 Gayle Noble rated it liked it
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I found this a book of two parts; I really enjoyed the sections on the papacy but found the sections on economic matters and descriptions of the differing ways on dividing feudal property a little dry. It was good that additional comments and material on more recent developments in scholarship were included. Overall, a solid 3 star rating (would have been 3.5 if they allowed halves on the site).
As an introduction to the period, this book cannot be beaten - even now so many years since it was written. New findings and ideas bookend the chapters. They bring you up to date, provide fascinating context, and leave the chapters surprisingly unscathed. My only regret is that my memory won't retain all this information for long!
Although it is decades old, needs updating and seems to be fairly narrow in surveying predominantly the medieval historical development of the Papacy, France and the Empire, there are still few better places to find a balanced, enjoyable and thorough treatment of the subject.
Ralph Henry Carless Davis (7 October 1918 in Oxford – 12 March 1991 in Oxford), always known publicly as R. H. C. Davis, was a British historian and educator specialising in the European Middle Ages. He was a leading exponent of strict documentary analysis and interpretation, was keenly interested in architecture and art in history, and was successful at communicating to the public and as a teache ...more