By John M. Riddle

ISBN-10: 1442246863

ISBN-13: 9781442246867

This transparent and accomplished textual content covers the center a while from the classical period to the past due medieval interval. exclusive historian John Riddle presents a cogent research of the rulers, wars, and events—both common and human—that outlined the medieval period. Taking a large geographical viewpoint, Riddle comprises northern and japanese Europe, Byzantine civilization, and the Islamic states. every one, he convincingly indicates, provided values and institutions—religious devotion, toleration and intolerance, legislation, methods of considering, and altering roles of women—that presaged modernity. as well as conventional subject matters of pen, sword, and be aware, the writer explores different using forces equivalent to technology, faith, and expertise in ways in which earlier textbooks haven't. He additionally examines such often-overlooked concerns as medieval gender roles and drugs and seminal occasions corresponding to the crusades from the vantage aspect of either Muslims and jap and western Christians.

In addition to a radical chronological narrative, the textual content bargains humanizing good points to interact scholars. each one bankruptcy opens with a theme-setting vignette concerning the lives of standard and notable humans. The e-book additionally introduces scholars to key controversies and subject matters in historiography by way of that includes in every one bankruptcy a well known medieval historian and the way his or her rules have formed modern brooding about the center a long time. Richly illustrated with colour plates, this full of life, attractive booklet will immerse readers within the medieval international, an period that formed the root for the fashionable global.

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3 The argument presented here will be that the causes and chronology of English desertions have some similarities with those on the continent, and that English villages, as well as falling victims to acquisitive landowners, were abandoned because they were adversely affected by long-term changes in land-use, population and social structure that were widespread in the medieval countryside. The sources available for the investigation of villages in the later Middle Ages are scattered and fragmentary.

The fertility of the soil in a two-course rotation depended on the combination of sheep and corn, the sheep being folded on the arable after feeding on the hill pastures, and treading their dung into the stoney soils. Any disturbance of the system could have had a disastrous effect on cereal yields, as can be shown from accounts of the demesne of Temple Guiting in 1327, where the temporary absence of the sheep reduced the grain yields to the point that the lord of the manor was making a loss on arable cultivation.

245-6; Victoria County History of Gloucestershire (hereafter VCH), ix, pp. H. A. Rahtz, 'Upton, Gloucestershire, 1959-64', Transactions of the Bristol and Glos. Archaeological Society, 85 (1966), pp. 70-146. 21 Shakespeare's Birthplace Trust Record Office (hereafter SET), DR 98/865-6. 22 GRO, D 936a/M2. 23 PRO, DL 43 14/3 fo. 61; Feudal Aids, v, p. 187; D. , Ministers'Accounts of the Collegiate Church ofSt Mary, Warwick (Dugdale Society, 26, 1969), pp. 68, 74, 76. F. Harvey, Westminster Abbey and its Estates in the Middle Ages (Oxford, 1977), p.

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