Puzzled by the Later Middle Ages? New book offers help to under-graduates studying late medieval history, its institutions and way of life
Studying Late Medieval History
By Cindy Wood
Studying Late Medieval History is an accessible introduction for undergraduate history students wishing to understand the major topics of late medieval history. Examining the period from 1300–1550, this introductory guide offers an overview of 250 years of transformation, which saw technology, borders and ruling dynasties across the continent change.
The book focuses on ten key themes to explain what happened, who the important personalities were and the significance of these events in shaping medieval Europe. Each chapter is a thematic essay, which looks at the central topics covered at undergraduate level including the Church, the monarchy, nobility, parliaments, justice, women, children, warfare, and chivalry. The chapters are supported by a detailed evaluation of the key events students need to know and a guide to further reading for each topic. The geographical area covered is contained within the bounds of the Roman Catholic Church. Focus is on England, France, Spain, Italy and Germany.
Written in an essential conversational style it is meant as a general introduction for undergraduates trying to get a grasp on a subject which most of them have never been taught in school. What makes this period especially bewildering is the fact that many words and concepts – kings, parliaments, princes – are still in use today, but carried a vastly different meaning 1300 – 1550.
Studying Late Medieval History is presented as essential reading for all those beginning their studies of the late medieval period.
TABLE OF CONTENTS:
- The Church
- Medieval Women
- Children and Education
- Wars and Warfare
- Peasants, Manors and Towns
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Cindy Wood is Lecturer in History at the University of Winchester.
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