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Encyclopedia of the Medieval World, 2-Volume Set
  • Authored by: Edward D. English
  • Trim Size: 8-1/2 x 11
  • ISBN-10: 0816046905
  • ISBN-13: 978-0-8160-4690-4
  • Status: In Stock
  • List Price: $150.00
  • Imprint: Facts On File
  • Published: 01/01/2005
  • Dewey Number: 940.1
  • Reading Level: Grades 9 and up
  • Pages: 944


The Complete History of This Exciting Period—in One Comprehensive Reference
The Middle Ages fascinates scholars and laypeople alike. The period has been romanticized, misrepresented, and misunderstood perhaps more than any other in history. Behind the imaginative stories of knights, castles, and epic quests there lies a medieval world that is every bit as incredible and intriguing as the fictional one—only its people really lived, its events actually happened, and its achievements helped create the world of today. The two-volume Encyclopedia of the Medieval World provides a detailed look at this significant thousand-year period.

Broad Cultural and Geographic Coverage
Based on reliable and accurate scholarship, this comprehensive yet accessible encyclopedia covers the medieval world from Scandinavia to the Maghreb and Iceland to Moscow, including Byzantium, Seljuk and early Ottoman Anatolia, Armenia, the Kurds, the Levant, Syria, and Palestine. Approximately 2,000 entries offer exhaustive coverage on everything from significant personalities, archaeology, arts and architecture, institutions, literature, philosophy, and religion to economy, law, science, technology, politics, and warfare.

Reflecting the changes in scholarly interest that have occurred over the last two decades, this encyclopedia is interdisciplinary and comparative with attentive detail to cultural and geographic subject matter. Topics that have been treated only marginally in previous publications on the Middle Ages—such as women, ecology, ethnicity, nationalism, and labor—are treated more thoroughly here, making this an authoritative resource that readers with an interest in the Middle Ages will want to consult.

Highly Accessible Historical Information
Further readings listed at the end of all articles and a comprehensive bibliography in the second volume direct readers to the latest and most accessible scholarship. More than 120 black-and-white photographs and illustrations depict battles, significant individuals, artifacts, and more, and 52 stunning maps and charts make this period come to life. A detailed index, bibliography, cross-references, and chronology complete this magnificent encyclopedia. In a reference perfect for high school and college students, academic scholars, and general readers interested in the Middle Ages, Encyclopedia of the Medieval World covers more information than any single reference book of its kind.

Coverage includes:

  • Significant individuals (Charlemagne, Gregory VII, Saladin)
  • Archaeological artifacts of particular importance (Sutton Hoo)
  • Economic and agricultural practices, ideas, and commodities (plough, gold, banking, usury)
  • Institutions of church and state (papacy, parliament, commune)
  • Scientific and technological knowledge and inventions (Roger Bacon, the compass)
  • Items and practices from daily life (games, food, cooking)
  • Landmark documents (Magna Carta)
  • Artistic production, styles, techniques, themes, producers, and patrons for painting, sculpture, architecture, and the minor arts (Romanesque, Gothic, manuscript illumination)
  • Social ideas and practice (marriage, death and burial, childhood) from all levels of society
  • Warfare (technology, battles, and wars)
  • Kingship (dynasties and practices)
  • National literary and cultural authors (Dante), monuments (Decameron), subjects (Gawain), and styles
  • Religious ideas and practices (simony, reform movements, heresies, saints)
  • Cultural interchange among peoples (peaceful and violent)
  • Theological and philosophical ideas, individuals, and movements (scholasticism, Thomas Aquinas)
  • Travel and expansion (Eastern Europe, the Levant, geographical knowledge, ships).


Black-and-white photographs and illustrations. Maps. Charts. Index. Bibliography. Cross-references. Chronology. In two volumes.

About the Author(s)

Edward D. English is Executive Director of medieval studies and Associate Professor of history at the University of California, Santa Barbara. He is the author of Enterprise and Liability in Sienese Banking, 1230-1350 and the editor of Christians, Muslims and Jews in Medieval and Early Modern Spain and Reading and Wisdom: The De Doctrina of Augustine in the Middle Ages. He has also served as editor on the journal Mediaeval Studies.

Reviews and Awards

Library Journal

"...recommended to high-school, college, and public libraries that want to update or broaden their history reference collections."

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