ENCYCLOPEDIA OF THE MIDDLE AGES

Edited by ANDRÉ VAUCHEZ
With BARRIE DOBSON and MICHAEL LAPIDGE
2 VOLS 1,656pp 600 ILLUS MAPS (32 COLOUR) 2001 LIST PRICE: £243.00 R288

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This reference work contains more than 3,000 articles, ranging from a few sentences to 10,000 word essays, providing information on all aspects of the Middle Ages, from the fifth century to the fifteenth. Cultural, religious, intellectual, social and political history is covered, and while the main concentration is on Europe and Christendom, the rise of Islam and Arabs, and of other civilisations with which Europeans came into contact, is also extensively treated. Art and architecture (including the building of the great cathedrals), the growth of universities, developments in law and scientific discoveries are all treated in the same depth as political history. Archaeological, geographical, historical, linguistic, philosophical and theological topics are covered, and biographies of monarchs, bishops and intellectual figures are included.
The page layout is clear. The clarity of editorial decision-making is unimpeachable. The range of subjects covered makes the whole thing endlessly rewarding. MEDIEVAL LIFE