The Middle Ages

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Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2001 - History - 350 pages
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In this single indispensable volume, one of America’s ranking scholars combines a life’s work of research and teaching with the art of lively narration. Both authoriatative and beautifully told, THE MIDDLE AGES is the full story of the thousand years between the fall of Rome and the Renaissance — a time that saw the rise of kings and emperors, the flowering of knighthood, the development of Europe, the increasing power of the Church, and the advent of the middle class. With exceptional grace and wit, Morris Bishop vividly reconstructs this distinctive era of European history in a work that will inform and delight scholars and general readers alike.
 

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For starters, I rarely rate books. However, I must make an exception when it comes to Morris Bishop's The Middle Ages. This book is not only informative, but it keeps the interest of the reader from beginning to end. If you're looking for an exquisite history of the Middle Ages, this is THE book to read. 

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Contents

The Long Dark
6
The High Middle Ages
40
Knights in Battle
76
The Nobles Life
108
An Age of Faith
142
Towns and Trade
176
The Life of Labor
208
The Life of Thought
236
The Artists Legacy
268
End of an Era
294
Picture Credits
329
Index
331
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Morris Bishop (1893-1973) was educated & taught for many years at Cornell University. One of the worlds most lucid & knowledgeable commentators on the Middle Ages, he was also a biographer, a translator, & a masterly writer of light verse.

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