Atlas of the Medieval World

Atlas of the Medieval World

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Baker & Taylor
In this atlas, pictures of art and architecture accompanying an expertly written text are featured alongside stunning maps covering nearly a millennium of medieval civilizations around the world, capturing the Arab invasions of Europe, the empire of Charlemagne, the African kingdoms of Songhai and Mali, the Crusades, the Viking and Mongol invasions, and the T'ang and Ming empires, among other topics.

Book News
McKitterick (early medieval history, Cambridge U., UK), who authored many of the entries in addition to editing the atlas, provides a broad view of the Middle Ages that eschews an exclusive focus on political developments and the western Christian arena to write instead on commerce, city planning and development, art and culture, and the lives and histories of diverse peoples in the eastern and western Christian, Muslim, Chinese, Japanese, Hindu, and African worlds. Entries provide a history and definition of the event, group, or idea accompanied by highly detailed maps and frequent color plates of relevant works of art and architecture. A sampling of entries includes Byzantium 700-1000, Byzantine culture, the Abbasid caliphate, the Temple kingdoms in India, the Tang dynasty, Sung China, Africa 1000-1300, the Spanish reconquista, and commercial expansion in the later Middle Ages. This work was first published by Harper Collins in 2003 as The Times Medieval world. Annotation ©2004 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Blackwell North Amer
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 of astonishing cultural vibrancy and political diversity.
Vast in its geographical scope, the book covers nearly a millennium of one of the most formative phases in history, treating all major cultures outside of the Americas. 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 brought to life in this reference. Cultural and economic trends such as the spread of literacy and the growth of towns receive equal attention alongside the formation of kingdoms and the march of armies to form a comprehensive history of the Middle Ages. Accompanied by maps produced by the cartographic team from The Times History of the World, hundreds of pictures illustrating examples of art and architecture, and an authoritative yet accessible text, the Atlas of the Medieval World brings this truly extraordinary period to life.

Oxford University Press
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 of which 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 of astonishing 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 an extraordinary 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 in the 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 during the Middle Ages.



Publisher: Oxford University Press, 2003
ISBN: 9780195221589
0195221583
Characteristics: p. ; cm

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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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Apr 08, 2010

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

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