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The Two Cities: Medieval Europe 1050 1320

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The Two Cities is a wide-ranging and detailed history of Western Christendom in the high Middle Ages. Assuming no previous knowledge of the period, Malcolm Barber combines a chronological approach with

ebook, 612 pages
Published August 1st 2004 by Routledge (first published November 14th 1991)
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Katie
It's a good textbook, but not a great introductory book to the High Middle Ages. A decent bit of basic knowledge is assumed (or it's assumed that the book is going to be used in a class supplemented with lectures). It's also a bit patchy in terms of quality - the first 70-80 pages are a bit lacking in focus and at times the writing is a bit dry.

That said, it makes really wonderful use of primary sources throughout, and the reader is able to get a good outline of events as well as an idea of wha
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Falsedan
Jun 16, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Inspired to read it via the bibliography section of the Ars Magica FAQ, ended up helped me choose a sensible starting province for playing Crusader Kings (Reggio, Roger de Hauteville).

Covering the same period repeatedly but from different perspectives make clear the complex interaction between the high middle ages kingdoms.
Professor
Jul 25, 2007 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: People who really, really want a broad but basic knowledge of medieval Europe
Okay as a textbook supplemented by great lectures (how I first encountered it) but on its own it quickly becomes overwhelming. The 3 is for a textbook rating, on it's own I'd say a 2. Still, good brush up.
Jeanie Wallenstein
There is a lot more info from this period than the previous period!
Kevin Mallen
A good book but I felt the structure was very convoluted, I couldn't really follow the history that was being told.
Ellis Knox
Feb 13, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: history
Used this as a textbook once. Rather idiosyncratic, but a good alternative to the traditional approach.
Ash
Sep 13, 2016 marked it as someday-nonfiction  ·  review of another edition
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British historian who specialised in the Knights Templar. Professor of Medieval European History at the University of Reading for many years until his retirement.
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