Atlas of the Medieval World

Atlas of the Medieval World

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Forged in an age of faith and war and tempered by great statesmen, religious leaders and artists, medieval civilizations witnessed remarkable transformations. Far from being a homogeneous world of knights and castles, the era saw a multitude of contrasting and often competing cultures, many ofwhich became the foundation stones for the emergence of modern societies. From the expansion of Islam across the Mediterranean to the appearance of centralized states and Christian monarchies, the Atlas of the Medieval World draws from new archival and archaeological evidence to reveal a period ofastonishing cultural vibrancy and political diversity. Alongside stunning maps covering nearly a millennium of one of the most formative phases in history, hundreds of exquisite pictures of art and architecture accompany expertly written text edited by Rosamond McKitterick, Professor of Early Medieval History at Cambridge University to bring anextraordinary period to life as no reference has before. The Arab invasions of Europe, the empire of Charlemagne, the African kingdoms of Songhai and Mali, the Crusades, the Viking and Mongol invasions, the Delhi sultanate and the T'ang and Ming empires are just a few of the subjects explained inthe Atlas of the Medieval World. What's more, cultural and economic trends such as the spread of literacy and the growth of towns receive equal attention alongside the emergence of kingdoms and the march of armies to form a comprehensive history of all major societies outside of the Americas duringthe Middle Ages.
Publisher: New York : Oxford University Press, 2004, c2003
ISBN: 9780195221589
0195221583
Characteristics: 304 p. : ill. (chiefly col.), col. maps ; 29 cm
Additional Contributors: McKitterick, Rosamond
Alternative Title: Times Medieval world

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Mar 03, 2014

The New Penguin Atlas of Medieval History --- by Colin McEvedy. When the words “Medieval” and “Atlas” leap out at me, I see a large format volume elegantly filled with ancient maps, luxuriously illustrated with reproductions of hand drawn, hand coloured, perhaps even limned in gilt. I expect the prime meridian to pass through Jerusalem. In the oceans there be drawings of strange and fabulous creatures and the warning “here there be monsters. But alack and alas, dear cartophile, it was not to be. Turns out, I get a slim (105 pages) 8cm x 22cm volume of rather smallished sized font. Lots of outline maps that focus on Europe, western Asia and North Africa. No colour. The maps’ vantages point is constant and one can see borders as they shift back and forth across the face of Europe; as countries and Empires rise and fall. So, is the Atlas helpful? Yes, in providing the large overview of the historical record in the geographical context. But the neophyte may well be overwhelmed by the sheer volume of the history in the text. It could make your head spin.

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jillmoore
Apr 08, 2010

This is a great book! It tells you all about Medieval Times!

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