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The Two Cities: Medieval Europe 1050-1320

3.44  ·  Rating details ·  57 ratings  ·  6 reviews
First published to wide critical acclaim in 1992, The Two Cities has become an essential text for students of medieval history. For the second edition, the author has thoroughly revised each chapter, bringing the material up to date and taking the historiography of the past decade into account.

The Two Cities covers a colourful period from the schism between the eastern and
Paperback, 616 pages
Published August 18th 1993 by Routledge (first published November 14th 1991)
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Apr 20, 2011 marked it as to-read
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
Jun 16, 2008 rated it really liked it
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.
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
Jan 08, 2017 rated it really liked it
There is a lot more info from this period than the previous period!
Kevin Mallen
Nov 12, 2012 rated it liked it
A good book but I felt the structure was very convoluted, I couldn't really follow the history that was being told.
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Shelves: history
Used this as a textbook once. Rather idiosyncratic, but a good alternative to the traditional approach.
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Malcolm Barber is Emeritus Professor of of Medieval European History at the University of Reading.