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Seller: ancientgifts (4,183) 99.3%, Location: Lummi Island, Washington, Ships to: Worldwide, Item: 381775801866 TRANSLATE Arabic Chinese French German Greek Indonesian Italian Hindi Japanese Korean Swedish Portuguese Russian Spanish Your browser does not support JavaScript. To view this page, enable JavaScript if it is disabled or upgrade your browser. Click here to see 1,000 archaeology/ancient history books and 2,000 ancient artifacts, antique gemstones, antique jewelry! The Encyclopedia of the Middle Ages - Norman F. Cantor, General Editor. /FONT SIZE> NOTE: We have 75,000 books in our library, almost 10,000 different titles. Odds are we have other copies of this same title in varying conditions, some less expensive, some better condition. We might also have different editions as well (some paperback, some hardcover, oftentimes international editions). If you don’t see what you want, please contact us and ask. We’re happy to send you a summary of the differing conditions and prices we may have for the same title. DESCRIPTION: Hardback with Dust Jacket: 464 pages. Publisher: Viking Press; (1999). [Published at $45.00] What's the difference between a Guelph and a Ghibelline? How many lines of verse in a ghazal? What ever happened to the Ostrogoths? Medieval enthusiasts can now thoroughly indulge their curiosity with this fully illustrated "A to Z" reference book presented by Norman F. Cantor, one of the world's most distinguished medieval scholars. From the fall of Rome to the beginning of the Renaissance, this comprehensive work presents the full pageant of medieval times across the entire Old World, with articles on the New World, Africa, and the Far East as well. Twenty major essays anchor the text while more than 600 entries written by a coterie of the world's best medieval historians and writers provide specific information on everything from the Abbadid Dynasty to the Seal of Zug. Interspersed throughout are maps, diagrams, and more than 250 color and black-and-white illustrations detailing all the elements of everyday life: dress, locales, edifices, ceremonies, customs, military tactics, travel, home life, commerce, religion, and royalty. And at every opportunity material is compared with modern life through "then and now" images, an ingenious tool that sheds new light on the origins of modern social and political phenomena. Interest in the Middle Ages is stronger than ever as it becomes more and more evident that the modern period has much more in common with the medieval world than previously imagined. Authoritative, entertaining, and full of excitement and grandeur of a remarkable period in human history, "The Encyclopedia of the Middle Ages" is an indispensable home reference work that will, with every page, deliver readers into the heart of the Middle Ages. CONDITION: LIKE NEW. Unread hardcover w/dustjacket. Viking (1999) 448 pages. Inside the book is pristine EXCEPT for the fact that there is a gift dedication written, neatly, in ink, on the first free page in the book (the first blank, unprinted page of the book). The pages are clean, crisp, (otherwise) unmarked, tightly bound, unmutilated, clearly unread. Outside the book is unblemished except for mild edge and corner shelfwear to dustjacket, which does include a 3/4 inch closed edge tear at the spine head, accompanied by a little bit of crumpling/creasing at the spine head where the dustjacket was slightly mangled, creating that tear (as described). The edge tear has been neatly repaired. It's still visible as it was a jagged edge tear, but it is not prominent. The dustjacket is absent any other blemishes. The quarter-cloth covers also evidence very mild edge and corner shelfwear, and one very small little blue ink splotch (about three shades darker than the blue of the covers) at the bottom edge of the front cover. It looks like it might be a bindery/printer's defect, as a small (half inch) stray bit of ink at the bottom edge of the front cover (beneath the dustjacket). It's barely worth even describing, but we do like to be complete and entirely forthcoming in our descriptions. Except for the (neatly) handwritten gift dedication on the front free page, the overall condition of the book is otherwise entirely consistent with new stock from a bookstore environment wherein new books might show minor signs of shelfwear (or minor blemishes such as the 3/4 inch closed edge tear to the dustjacket described earlier) consequence of simply being shelved and re-shelved. Satisfaction unconditionally guaranteed. In stock, ready to ship. No disappointments, no excuses. PROMPT SHIPPING! HEAVILY PADDED, DAMAGE-FREE PACKAGING! #1687k. PLEASE SEE IMAGES BELOW FOR SAMPLE PAGES FROM INSIDE OF BOOK. PLEASE SEE PUBLISHER, PROFESSIONAL, AND READER REVIEWS BELOW. PUBLISHER REVIEW: REVIEW: From the world's most distinguished medievalist comes a lively and vivid account of the lords and ladies, saints and scholars, kings and peasants who shaped the history and culture of one of the richest and most misunderstood periods in history. In this full-color, landmark reference, Cantor and a team of scholars and experts explore the entire medieval world; from the British Isles to the Far East, and the great figures; Dante, Chaucer, Aquinas, who defined the period. From the Crusades to the Vikings, "The Encyclopedia of the Middle Ages" contains 600 individual entries and over 200 illustrations from world-famous collections, including the British Museum and the Morgan Library. Twenty major essays portraying the lives of Medieval luminaries, and original maps charting military campaigns and developing nations, make this the indispensable home reference for scholars, students, and history enthusiasts. Norman F. Cantor was Emeritus Professor of History, Sociology, and Comparative Literature at New York University. His academic honors include appointments as a Rhodes Scholar, Porter Ogden Jacobus Fellow at Princeton University, and Fulbright Professor at Tel Aviv University. His many books include the New York Times bestseller "In the Wake of the Plague", "Antiquity", "Inventing the Middle Ages", which was nominated for a National Book Critics Circle Award, and "The Civilization of the Middle Ages", the most widely read narrative of the Middle Ages in the English language. PROFESSIONAL REVIEW: REVIEW: As greater numbers of naysayers look forward to the collapse of civilization, perhaps it's best to see what happened last time. It turns out the Dark Ages weren't so bad. In fact, after reading through "The Encyclopedia of the Middle Ages", you might find yourself pining for the good old days before the Renaissance. Historian Norman F. Cantor has assembled a crack team of experts to unleash their copious knowledge on our modern world. Better still, Viking Press has enlisted excellent designers to present the information efficiently and even beautifully. You'll find yourself irresistibly drawn from one entry to the next (there are over 600, so leave time for browsing) as the story of the Council of Nicaea leads on to explorations of medieval Christianity and much more. Twenty longer essays on general topics provide the foundation for the rest of the Encyclopedia and make great reading on their own, but the meat of the book is in the details. Lavishly illustrated in both color and black-and-white, including artworks, maps, and timetables, this reference work looks as good on the shelf as it does on the coffee table. READER REVIEWS: REVIEW: "The Encyclopedia of the Middle Ages," edited by Robert Cantor (Rhodes Scholar, Fulbright Fellow, etc.) is a good reference work, an encyclopedic dictionary, covering the roughly 1000 years from the fall of Rome to the Renaissance. In addition the usual definition-explanation entries, it has three types of sidebar essays: "Illuminations", which focus on sources; "Life in the Middle Ages", which talks about common life details; and "Legend and Lore", which explores imaginative concepts which informed medieval life. There are maps, literally hundreds of photographs and illustrations, a layout that is inviting for study, reference, or general reading. It is 'easy on the eyes', much more so that a usual encyclopedia. The scope of this work is also broader than most medieval reference texts. "Despite what students of medieval history are accustomed to reading, life did exist outside of Europe in the Middle Ages." That having been said, this is still a very euro-centric book. This book gives a great deal of attention to science, medicine, and other topics often ignored or pushed to the periphery of a more politically-oriented textual treatment. There is an introductory essay that is well worth reading even if this is meant to be an on-the-shelf-for-reference-only sort of book. In talking about the influence on popular culture of the Middle Ages (everything from The Name of the Rose to the medieval garb, feudal structure and apprenticeship-education framework of Star Wars), Cantor says: 'In order to recognize [the influence of the Middle Ages] one has to have at some time known, and this has been the job of historians, who today painfully append to Santayana's famous saying (about those forgetting the past being condemned to repeat it) the observation that one cannot forget a history one did not know in the first place." Cantor describes twentieth century medievalists as being on a quest for "wellsprings of a romantic and idealistic consciousness that would inspire a vibrant counterculture". There is some of that in this book, but largely being encyclopedic rather than analytical and critical in nature, the reader/researcher can use the information contained herein for his own evaluations. From the Abbadid and Abbasid Dynasties to Yaroslave the Wise and Yugoslavia, from Boethius to Wycliffe, this book has hidden treats and interesting articles for all. REVIEW: This book is exactly what the title claims: An "Encyclopedia of the Middle Ages". The book is a great reference tool for students and interested readers of the Middle Ages. It is an "A to Z" complete guide of events, people, places, things, and is heavily illustrated to bring to life the times of the Middle Ages period. Everything from leaders to politics, to exploration and wars, religious movements, and philosophies are covered. The atmosphere of the times is revealed and the events people were most involved in are depicted with great care. Times, dates, and details are carefully laid out for the reader in every category covered. Therefore, this makes for a wonderful one volume handy tool for easy and quick reference. Moreover, Norman Cantor is highly respected in his area of specialty - medieval history. You cannot go wrong with this as a research tool in your library. REVIEW: Pleasantly illustrated and well-written, this book will be more attractive to the general reader and history enthusiast rather than the serious post-graduate student. A telling indication of the book's cheerful informality is the artful, approximate way in which the maps are rendered; they're clearly meant to convey a general notion rather than geographical exactitude. This is not to say that the book is superficial, however. My impression is that the editor and the contributors successfully achieved a proper balance between readability and depth. On top of that, each entry leaves the reader primed for more reading (quite a feat for any historian, really). I'll give you an example. I was happily surprised to find that the article on banking and commerce, a subject which ordinarily would not seem a likely candidate for compelling reading, was clearly and eloquently discussed. I came away from it feeling impressed by the sophistication of medieval bankers and tradesmen, and curious to find more specialized titles on the subject. One last thought: I have found this book to be an excellent supplement to Norman Cantor's "The Civilization of the Middle Ages". REVIEW: This book is extremely reader friendly-guiding guiding you through the subject, not just alphabetically, but with an easy-to-follow "signpost" cross reference feature. The design is elegant and the images are spectacular. A gripping read throughout. 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