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Lords, Ladies, Knights, and Serfs: Exploring the Middle Ages

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Europe in the High Middle Ages
by William C. Jordan Details
It was an age of hope and possibility, accomplishment and expansion. Europe's High Middle Ages spanned the Crusades, the building of Chartres Cathedral, Dante's Inferno, and Thomas Aquinas. Buoyant, confident, and creative, the era seemed to be flowering into a true renaissance--until the disastrous 14th century rained catastrophe in the form of plagues, famine, and war. In "Europe in the High Middle Ages," historian William C. Jordan paints a vivid, teeming landscape that captures this lost age in all its glory and complexity.
Knight: The Warrior and World of Chivalry
by Robert W. Jones Details
Were knights glory-seeking, bloodthirsty thugs that lay ravage to the Holy Land, or were they simple Christians serving their king? In "Knight," life-long student of medieval history Robert W. Jones explores the myths and controversies behind their battle-effectiveness and chivalric code. He also examines knighthood as a "career path" and investigates the role of the knight in law and justice. Lavishly illustrated and drawing on rare first-hand accounts, Jones's book reveals the world of the knight in all its tarnished glory.
Knights Templar Encyclopedia: The Essential Guide to the People, Places, Events and Symbols of the Order of the Temple
by Karen Ralls Details
Seven centuries after it was officially destroyed, legend and myth still surround the Order of the Temple, the first military-religious order of the Western Church. In the "Knights Templar Encyclopedia," an authoritative source book on the fascinating history behind the most famous military-religious order of the Crusades, British medieval historian Karen Ralls offers factual information on both the history and the legend.
Medieval Costume and How to Recreate It
by Dorothy Hartley Details
This unique reference classifies along social lines the clothes and accessories of the 12th through 15th centuries. Garments of every type, from the wardrobes of peasants to nobility, appear in over 200 period illustrations and patterns. Helpful advice covers such topics as choosing fabrics, the placement of seams, draping and folding garments, how to walk and dance in voluminous attire, and methods of storage.
Medieval Pets
by Kathleen Walker-Meikle Details
Animals in the middle ages are often discussed, but usually only as sources of food, beasts of burden, or aids for hunters. In "Medieval Pets," Dr. Kathleen Walker-Meikle approaches the subject from a different angle, showing that animals were also beloved domestic companions, be they dogs, cats, monkeys, squirrels, or parrots. Walker-Meikle offers a full survey of pets and pet-keeping: from how they were acquired, kept, fed, exercised, and displayed, to the problems they could cause. She also examines the representation of pets and their owners in art and literature. The book's many charming illustrations offer further evidence for the bonds between humans and their pets, then as now.
Mythology in the Middle Ages: Heroic Tales of Monsters, Magic, and Might
by Christopher R. Fee Details
Myths of gods, legends of battles, and folktales of magic abound in the heroic narratives of the Middle Ages. In "Mythology in the Middle Ages," Christopher R. Fee describes how medieval heroes were metamorphosed from a variety of origins: early pagan gods were euhemerized through a Christian lens, and an older heroic sensibility was exchanged for a Christian typological and figural representation of saints. Fee's coverage ranges from the Atlantic and Baltic coasts of Europe, south into the Holy Roman Empire, west through the Iberian peninsula, and into North Africa. From there, he heads east to Byzantium, Russia, and even the far reaches of Persia.
The Oxford Illustrated History of Medieval Europe
by George Holmes Details
Richly illustrated, this book is an authoritative account of life in medieval Europe between the fall of the Roman Empire and the coming of the Renaissance. All aspects of life in this thousand-year period are covered, from the empires and kingdoms of Charlemagne to the ideas of the Crusades; the building of great cathedrals to the social catastrophe of the Black Death; the cultural worlds of chivalric knights to popular festivals and new art forms. The authors also explore the contrast between Byzantine and Renaissance cultures in the south as well as the new, complex political and social structures of northwest Europe, which by 1300 had the most advanced civilization the world had ever seen.
The Time Traveler's Guide to Medieval England: A Handbook for Visitors to the Fourteenth Century
by Ian Mortimer Details
The past is a foreign country, and this is your guidebook. A time machine has just transported you back to the 14th century. What do you see? How do you dress? How do you earn a living, and how much are you paid? What sort of food will you be offered by a peasant or a monk or a lord? And more importantly, where will you stay? "The Time Traveler's Guide to Medieval England" is not your typical look at a historical period. Ian Mortimer's radical new approach shows us that the past is not just something to be studied--it's something to be lived.
Updated 05/13/2016

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