Readings In Medieval History, vol. 1: The Early Middle Ages

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9781551112091: Readings In Medieval History, vol. 1: The Early Middle Ages

This is the third edition of Patrick J. Geary's highly acclaimed collection of source materials on the medieval period. (A single-volume format of the complete text is also available.)



As before, four principles guide the selection of materials. First, entire documents are included wherever possible, not snippets. Second, texts are grouped to form dossiers in which the individual documents relate to one another, reflecting the practice of historians themselves. Third, most of the documents chosen have been the subject of significant scholarship. And fourth, raw material for many types of historical investigations is provided: the documents are equally useful to the political historian, the social historian, the cultural historian or the historian of mentalities.



The third edition includes an updated Preface, more extensive material from Gregory of Tours, and a new section, "The Iberian Peninsula," containing material that deals with Jews, Muslims, and Heretics. The format of Readings in Medieval History has also been altered to make it more user-friendly. Volume I: The Early Middle Ages includes documents written up to the early 12th century; Volume II: The Later Middle Ages includes documents from the late 11th century on.

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About the Author:

Patrick J. Geary, Professor of History at the University of California, Los Angeles, is the author and editor of numerous books on medieval history.

Review:

This wide-ranging reader can be used in many different ways, and always encourages students to engage fully with the sources of medieval history. Through its use, students become active historians in their own classroom. The addition of material on Christians, Jews, and Moors in medieval Spain makes the third edition of this excellent reader even better.

(Julia M. H. Smith, University of St. Andrews)

Provides an excellent selection of complete texts or substantial extracts from key primary sources, helpfully grouped thematically and illustrating many current issues in modern historical study. An invaluable introduction.

(Rosamond McKitterick, Newnham College, University of Cambridge)

Outstanding coverage and depth.

(Richard C. Hoffman, York University)

A lovely book [...] obviates the need for multiple source books since the selections are so complete and so varied.

(Mary Beth Emmericks, University of Wisconsin)

The best collection of medieval documents in print.

(A.J. Andrea, University of Vermont)

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