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Routledge Library Editions: The Medieval World


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The volumes in this set, originally published between 1938 and 1994, draw together research by leading academics in the area of medieval history and medieval literature, and provide a rigorous examination of related key issues. The volume examines medieval history from the early Middle Ages, right up until the Reformation, as well as the effect of the medieval period on later cultures, such as the Victorians. This collection draws together books on the monarchy, medieval philosophy, religion, art, music, psychology and architecture as well as volumes on medieval archeology. The collection also brings together key volumes on medieval literature of the period, with formative works examining medieval religious literature, medieval legends and oral tradition. The collection also includes titles examining specific poems from the period such as Piers Plowman, Sir Gawain and the Green Knight and The Pearl, as well as volumes on influential writers of the period such as Jean Froissant, John Lydgate and Margery Kempe. This collection brings back into print a collection of insightful and detailed books on the diverse medieval period and will be a must have resource for academics and students, not only of history and literature, but of anthropology, music, psychology and religion.

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Piers Plowman: Critical Approaches

Piers Plowman: Critical Approaches

1st Edition

S.S. Hussey
July 10, 2019

Originally published in 1969 Piers Plowman is a collection of 12 original essays by leading academics on Piers Plowman. As a combined volume, this collection forms a substantial introduction and a comprehensive account of the poem, its background and textual problems. The book’s essays reflect the...

The Church in Early Irish Society

The Church in Early Irish Society

1st Edition

Kathleen Hughes
July 10, 2019

Originally published in 1966, The Church in Early Irish Society traces the history of the church right up until the twelfth century. It gives an account of the problems which arose when the organization of the Christian church, imported from the urban bureaucracy of the Roman Empire, had to be...

Medieval Monarchy in Action: The German Empire from Henry I to Henry IV

Medieval Monarchy in Action: The German Empire from Henry I to Henry IV

1st Edition

Boyd H. Hill, Jr
July 10, 2019

Originally published in 1972, Medieval Monarchy in Action covers a period extending from the reign of Henry I to the early years of Henry IV. The book examines how the Saxon and Salian monarchs of the tenth and eleventh centuries built the foundations of the German Empire, this volume contains...

The Later Middle Ages

The Later Middle Ages

1st Edition

Stephen Medcalf, Nicola Coldstream, Marjorie Reeves, David R Starkey
July 10, 2019

Originally published in 1981, The Later Middle Ages bridges the gap between modern and medieval language and literature, by introducing the social and intellectual milieu in which writers like Chaucer, Malory and Margery Kempe lived. It provides a unified and coherent account of the culture of late...

English Mediaeval Pilgrimage

English Mediaeval Pilgrimage

1st Edition

D. J. Hall
July 10, 2019

Originally published in 1965, English Medieval Pilgrimage provides a detailed overview of the history of pilgrimage during the medieval period. The book looks at how the process of pilgrimage was more than a religious exercise, acting as a custom, a means of escape and a form of entertainment, as...

The Purchase of Paradise: Gift Giving and the Aristocracy, 1307-1485

The Purchase of Paradise: Gift Giving and the Aristocracy, 1307-1485

1st Edition

Joel T. Rosenthal
July 10, 2019

Originally published in 1972, The Purchase of Paradise is an account of medieval philanthropy and looks at the late medieval aristocracy as a social, rather than political group. The book analyses their voluntary behaviour, their gift giving and the Church, and addresses the nature of charity in...

Animals in Art and Thought: To the End of the Middle Ages

Animals in Art and Thought: To the End of the Middle Ages

1st Edition

Francis Klingender, Evelyn Antal, John P Harthan
July 10, 2019

Originally published in 1971, Animals in Art and Thought discusses the ways in which animals have been used by man in art and literature. The book looks at how they have been used to symbolise religious, social and political beliefs, as well as their pragmatic use by hunters, sportsmen, and farmers...

Piers Plowman and Prophecy: An Approach to the C-Text

Piers Plowman and Prophecy: An Approach to the C-Text

1st Edition

Theodore L. Steinberg
July 10, 2019

Originally published in 1991, Piers Plowman: An Approach to the C-Text studies what might be called the "mindscape" of Piers Plowman. The book argues that the C-text poem is inspired by the writings of the biblical prophets. The book outlines the fourteenth-century background and discusses the idea...

The Poetry of John Lydgate

The Poetry of John Lydgate

1st Edition

Alain Renoir
July 10, 2019

Originally published in 1967, The Poetry of John Lydgate presents a broad discussion of John Lydgate’s secular poetry. It reassesses much of the poetry through critical examination and suggests that Lydgate was not necessarily the master that the medieval ages proclaimed him to be, nor the plain...

The Medieval Foundations of England

The Medieval Foundations of England

1st Edition

G.O. Sayles
July 10, 2019

Originally published in 1948, The Medieval Foundations of England is a chronological framework of the history of ideas and action during the medieval period. The book discusses the fundamental problems of medieval life in England, examining the agricultural foundation of England, the impact of the...

The Writer as Liar: Narrative Technique in the Decameron

The Writer as Liar: Narrative Technique in the Decameron

1st Edition

Guido Almansi
July 10, 2019

Originally published in 1975, The Writer as Liar examines the literary game of falsehood as it is portrayed in the Decameron. The book examines how Boccaccio’s collection of tales has a ‘frame’ story, its own built-in key to the art of story-telling, its internal logic of truth and falsehood, as...

Origins of English Feudalism

Origins of English Feudalism

1st Edition

R. Allen Brown
July 10, 2019

Originally published in 1973, Origins of English Feudalism suggests that English feudalism has, for a long time, been the most controversial and thereby the most highly technical aspect of English medieval history. The book contains relevant sources that will be of use to readers and will allow...

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