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The Penguin History of Medieval Europe By Maurice Keen,

  • Title: The Penguin History of Medieval Europe
  • Author: Maurice Keen
  • ISBN: 9780140136302
  • Page: 198
  • Format: Paperback
  • This is a fascinating, three dimensional picture of the politics, society and religion of medieval Europe, the age that had as its great theme the unity of Christendom Maurice Keen examines tribal wars, the Crusades, the growth of trade and the shifting patterns of community life as villages grew into towns and towns into sizeable cities He explores how Papal victories,This is a fascinating, three dimensional picture of the politics, society and religion of medieval Europe, the age that had as its great theme the unity of Christendom Maurice Keen examines tribal wars, the Crusades, the growth of trade and the shifting patterns of community life as villages grew into towns and towns into sizeable cities He explores how Papal victories, by blurring the distinction between temporal and spiritual matters, eventually undermined the spiritual authority of the Church And he discusses how the Hundred Years War escalated from a feudal dispute into a full scale national conflict, until, by the mid fifteenth century, changing economic and social conditions had transformed the unity of Christendom into merely a pious phrase.
    The Penguin History of Medieval Europe This is a fascinating three dimensional picture of the politics society and religion of medieval Europe the age that had as its great theme the unity of Christendom Maurice Keen examines tribal war

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    1. Reread of one of my college texts This work is a good and brief overview of the general movement of the Middle Ages without feeling it necessary to create an exhaustive account of every detail of history It works as a good foundational view of the period with which you can add additional meat at your preference as it was used in my class I can t necessarily qualify Keen s scholarship without a great deal research, but he has a comprehensive bibliography of his sources Keen s structural theme al [...]

    2. Good when it addresses broad concepts, weak when it gets into specifics.Chapters 2,3,4,5,7,10,11,18 were all worth reading, the rest of the book is a bit difficult as it moves at too brisk of a pace for the uninitiated.

    3. Unfortunately, this could ve been saved by a better writing style The information is all there, but there are also unnecessary words and poor fundamentals which worry me.

    4. I read this because I wanted to know about the Crusades, the Black Death the Hundred Years War, but after reading this I am no better off written in a tedious pedestrian style which sucks the life out of source material which should be way interesting than this book makes it, I would have to recommend you look elsewhere if you want to read up on the period and be engaged entertained by it.

    5. I m in the process of planning and researching for a historical fiction novel I ll be writing one day Over the past year, or so, I ve been reading a lot of books on the Middle Ages, and this was one of them.I ve never read a book that was so dry and senseless I had no idea what the writer was even talking about

    6. I could not read this book It was the driest thing I have ever read All I wanted was a nice read about medieval times that would help me understand the era as research for a book However, I could not get through it.I think that indeed, there are people who would enjoy this book I am not one of them.

    7. An interesting look at Europe in the Middle Ages Keen offers a very broad look at the period from the rise of Charlemagne to the end of the 1400s The book starts off a bit slow, but picks up pace as the fascinating history of the Crusades, papal exploits and the Hundred Years War unfold A good intro to this period in history.

    8. I don t remember a lot about this one, beyond the fact that I definitely read it for my undergrad degree.

    9. Quite an interesting basic history of Medieval Europe Many texts out there are much exciting, though this gives a thorough background knowledge Good to use for assessments and essays.

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