By John M. Riddle, Winston Black

ISBN-10: 1442246847

ISBN-13: 9781442246843

This transparent and finished textual content covers the center a while from the classical period to the past due medieval interval. distinct historian John Riddle presents a cogent research of the rulers, wars, and events—both ordinary and human—that outlined the medieval period. Taking a extensive geographical standpoint, Riddle contains northern and japanese Europe, Byzantine civilization, and the Islamic states. each one, he convincingly exhibits, provided values and institutions—religious devotion, toleration and intolerance, legislation, methods of pondering, and altering roles of women—that presaged modernity. as well as conventional themes of pen, sword, and note, the writer explores different riding forces comparable to technology, faith, and know-how in ways in which past 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 an intensive chronological narrative, the textual content bargains humanizing positive aspects to interact scholars. every one bankruptcy opens with a theme-setting vignette in regards to the lives of standard and awesome humans. The e-book additionally introduces scholars to key controversies and topics in historiography via that includes in each one bankruptcy a well-liked medieval historian and the way his or her principles have formed modern puzzling over the center a long time. Richly illustrated with colour plates, this energetic, attractive publication will immerse readers within the medieval international, an period that formed the basis for the fashionable world.

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Whatever the truth of this story, he certainly made a strange emperor. Thoroughly debauched and supported by an amused army, he scandalized the Senate and the people of Rome when he went through a nuptial ceremony and consummated a marriage with a virile young athlete. As amusement turned to loathing, the Praetorians turned to direct action, murdering Elagabalus and his mother. His first cousin, Alexander Severus (r. 222–235), succeeded him. Morally superior, a better soldier, and a slightly better emperor, Alexander fought against the Persians, who were threatening the eastern part of the Empire.

Archaeological discoveries have influenced our understanding of the pre-Crusades Islamic and post-Charlemagne time periods, giving us richer insights into the Viking, Hungarian, Slavic, and Asiatic tribal invasions and migrations. Innovations in technologies and attitudes toward the natural sciences have modified our assessment of the central and later medieval periods in ways that laid the foundations for modern science. The last two chapters continue scholarly debates about the role of the individual, the concept of privacy, and the discovery of artistic genius against a background of economic hardship and social upheaval.

Paper) | ISBN 9781442246850 (pbk. : alk. paper) | ISBN 9781442246867 (electronic) Subjects: LCSH: Middle Ages—Textbooks. | Civilization, Medieval—Textbooks. 48-1992. Printed in the United States of America To Erika, my daughter, and Heather, my granddaughter Contents List of Illustrations Preface Acknowledgments Introduction to the Second Edition Part I: Slow Transition from Classical to Medieval World Chapter 1: The Transformation of Classical Civilization: The Political and Economic Story through the Fifth Century CE What Made Rome?

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