The Middle Ages, Volume II: Readings in Medieval History (Second Edition) by Brian Tierney.
DESCRIPTION: Softcover: 363 pages. Publisher: Alfred A. Knopf; (1974). This book of translated materials from the late Roman Empire to the mid-fifteenth century introduces students to the diversity of Medieval culture. It examines the wide variety of lifestyles - social, religious, economic, intellectual, and institutional, ways of thinking, and forms of literary expression. Arranged chronologically, the book draws from an unusually wide variety of materials including: letters; biographies; poetry; legal, philosophical and scientific writings; and government records. It includes additional material on women, peasant life, and religious dissent.
Material includes: I. The End of the Ancient World. 1. General Observations on the Fall of the Roman Empire in the West (by Edward Gibbon). 2. The Decay of Ancient Civilization. 3. The Impact of Christianity. II. The Making of Europe. 4. Mohammed and Charlemagne. 5. Pirenne and Muhammad. 6. Charlemagne and the Roman Church. 7. Pirenne’s Thesis Today. III. Approaches to Feudalism. 8. Feudalism: Meanings and Methodologies. 9. Kinship and Lordship. 10. Feudalism in Western Europe.
IV. Economic Life and Social Change. 11. Manorial Economies. 12. Medieval Real Estate Development and Freedom. 13. The Origins of the Medieval Town Patriciate. 14. Life on the English Manor. V. Humanism and “Renaissance” in the Twelfth Century. 15. The Humanism of the Twelfth Century. 16. Medieval Humanism. 17. Renaissance or Proto-Renaissance? VI. Spiritual and Temporal Power. 18. The Hierocratic Doctrine. 19. The Dualism of Medieval Society. VII. The Medieval State: Sovereignty, Law, Constitutionalism. 20. On the Lack of a State and Legislative Power in the Middle Ages. 21. The Medieval State as a Work of Art. 22. Medieval Canon Law and Western Constitutionalism.
VIII. Philosophy, Art, and Science. 23. Thomas Aquinas: Reason and Revelation. 24. Gothic Architecture and Scholasticism. 25. The Medieval Roots of Modern Technology and Science. IX. Problems of Late Medieval Society. 26. The Closing of the Medieval Frontier. 27. The Causes of the Hundred Year’s War. 28. Nationality at the Council of Constance: An Anglo-French Dispute.
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REVIEW: This book is a collection of 28 essays by distinguished historians on a wide variety of medieval topics. The material is presented in roughly chronological order, and within each period the essays are grouped around a particular theme. Classic and contemporary essays and authors are included to present many different approaches to medieval history. Sources include a wide variety of materials including: letters, biographies, poetry, legal, philosophical, and scientific writings, and government records.
Lengthy readings (not short "snippets") from major sources like Tacitus' Germany, St. Benedict's Rule, Magna Carta.
Brian Tierney, who received his B.A. and Ph.D. from Pembroke College, Cambridge, has taught at Catholic University, Washington D.C., and at Cornell, where he was Professor of Medieval History. He has been the recipient of Guggenheim Fellowships (1953-4) and of fellowships from the American Council of Learned Societies (1961-2 and 1966-7), and has lectured abroad at universities in Germany, Austria, and Holland. In 1964 he was awarded the honorary degree of doctorate of theology by the University of Uppsala, Sweden. Professor Tierney is a specialist in Medieval Church history. He has published numerous articles and is the author of several books, among them “Foundations of the Conciliar Theory”, “Medieval Poor Law”, “Crisis of Church and State 1050-1300”, and is the co-editor with Donald Kagan and L. Pearce Williams of “Great Issues in Western Civilization”. His most recent work was “Origins of Papal Infallibility 1150-1350”.
REVIEW: One of the widest and most varied collections of writings in print from the Medieval World. See this world through the eyes and words of those who lived it. Drawing on wonderful Medieval sources, this is an engrossing look at Medieval Europe. If you’re a student or simply an enthusiast of history, you will not want to miss this marvelous study.
REVIEW: Brian Tierney has collected so many excellent primary sources. If you are interested in what people of that time thought about or wrote, by all means get anything by Tierney. If you are a history student or teacher, these gems will enliven the discussion in the classroom and will even challenge your ideas of modernity. Enjoy!
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