History - Medieval

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The Great Cat Massacre: And Other Epi...

Robert Darnton

When the apprentices of a Paris printing shop in the 1730s held a series of mock trials and then hanged all the cats they could lay their hands on, why did they find it so hilariously funny that they choked with laughter when they ree...

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Published: May 2009

The House of Wisdom: How the Arabs Tr...

Jonathan Lyons

For centuries following the fall of Rome, Western Europe was a benighted backwater, a world of subsistence farming, minimal literacy, and violent conflict. Meanwhile Arab culture was thriving, dazzling those Europeans fortunate enough...

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Published: Mar 2010

Medieval Intrigue: Decoding Royal Con...

Ian Mortimer

In this important new work Ian Mortimer examines some of the most controversial questions in medieval history, including whether Edward II was murdered, his possible later life in Italy, the weakness of the Lancastrian claim to the th...

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Published: Apr 2012

Lost to the West: The Forgotten Byzan...

Lars Brownworth

In AD 476 the Roman Empire fell–or rather, its western half did. Its eastern half, which would come to be known as the Byzantine Empire, would endure and often flourish for another eleven centuries. Though its capital would move to ...

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Published: Jun 2010

The Waning of the Middle Ages

Johan Huizinga

Brilliant study of art, life and thought in France and the Netherlands during the 14th and 15th centuries explores the period's splendor and simplicity, courtesy and cruelty, its idyllic vision of life, despair and mysticism, religiou...

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Published: May 2013

The Norman Conquest: The Battle of Ha...

Marc Morris

A riveting and authoritative history of the single most important event in English history: the Norman Conquest.An upstart French duke who sets out to conquer the most powerful and unified kingdom in Christendom. An invasion force on ...

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Published: Dec 2014

The Edge of the World: A Cultural His...

Michael Pye

*A New York Times Notable Book*An epic adventure ranging from the terror of the Vikings to the golden age of cities: Michael Pye tells the amazing story of how modernity emerged on the shores of the North Sea.Saints and spies, pirat...

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Published: Sep 2016

The Third Horseman: A Story of Weathe...

William Rosen

How a cycle of rain, cold, disease, and warfare created the worst famine in European history—years before the Black DeathIn May 1315, it started to rain. For the seven disastrous years that followed, Europeans would be visited by a ...

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Published: Apr 2015

Medieval Punishments: An Illustrated ...

William Andrews

"The brank may be described simply as an iron framework; which was placed on the head, closing it in a kind of cage; it had in front a plate of iron, which, either sharpened or covered with spikes, was so situated as to be placed...

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Published: Aug 2013

The Greatest Knight: The Remarkable L...

Thomas Asbridge

A renowned scholar brings to life medieval England's most celebrated knight, William Marshal—providing an unprecedented and intimate view of this age and the legendary warrior class that shaped it.Caught on the wrong side of an Engl...

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Published: Sep 2015

Trial by Fire and Water: The Medieval...

Robert Bartlett

Although seemingly bizarre and barbaric in modern times, trial by ordeal-the subjection of the accused to undergo harsh tests such as walking over hot irons or being bound and cast into water-played an integral, and often staggeringly...

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Published: Mar 2014

The Normans: From Raiders to Kings

Lars Brownworth

"Lars Brownworth's The Normans is like a gallop through the Middle Ages on a fast warhorse. It is rare to find an author who takes on a subject so broad and so complex, while delivering a book that is both fast-paced and readable...

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Published: Jul 2014

The Penguin Book of the Undead: Fifte...

Scott G. Bruce

The walking dead from 15 centuries haunt this compendium of ghostly visitations through the ages, exploring the history of our fascination with zombies and other restless souls.  Since ancient times, accounts of supernatural activity...

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Published: Sep 2016

Arms and Armour of the Joust (Arms an...

Tobias Capwell

Jousting is the most iconic form of mounted combat. For more than five hundred years, the sport itself, and the chivalric culture that surrounded it, took on almost mythical qualities. Here, Tobias Capwell explains the glitz and glamo...

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Published: May 2018

The Book of Gomorrah and St. Peter Da...

Peter Damian

"Alas, it is shameful to speak of it! It is shameful to relate such a disgusting scandal to sacred ears! But if the doctor fears the virus of the plague, who will apply the cauterization? If he is nauseated by those whom he is to...

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Published: Oct 2015

The Northern Queen

Kelly Evans

St. Brice's Day, England, Anno 1002. At the order of King Aethelred, thousands of Danes are murdered in a frenzy of ethnic cleansing. Outraged, the Danish king, Sweyn Forkbeard, swears he will take Aethelred's head, and his crown. But...

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Published: Nov 2015

50 Medieval Finds from the Portable A...

Michael Lewis

50 Medieval Finds from the Portable Antiquities Schemehighlights some of the most important and interesting archaeological objects of medieval date that have been found by the public over the last twenty years and recorded by the Port...

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Published: May 2018

Medieval Europe: Power and Legacy (So...

Michael Lewis

Step into the legendary world of Medieval Europe. Meet powerful monarchs and chivalric knights, passionate religious leaders and brilliant craftsmen. Experience the opulent life of court and the bustling world of newly formed urban ce...

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Published: Jun 2018

Lies My Teacher Told Me About Christo...

James W. Loewen

Some myths don't die, and lies are still being told about Christopher Columbus: that he "discovered" the Americas (not only was the land familiar to native inhabitants, but it had also been visited before by Europeans), that...

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Published: Aug 2014

Lion Rampant - Medieval Wargaming Rul...

Daniel Mersey

Lion Rampant is a set of rules designed for fighting historical or Hollywood battles in the medieval period from the Norman Conquest to the Hundred Years' War. This period is well suited to large skirmish gaming as played with Lion Ra...

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Published: Sep 2014

The Middle Ages Unlocked: A Guide to ...

Gillian Polack

To our modern minds, the Middle Ages seem to mix the well-known and familiar with wildly alien concepts and circumstances. The Middle Ages Unlocked provides an invaluable introduction to this complex and dynamic period in England.Expl...

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Published: Oct 2016

The Middle Ages: A Very Short Introdu...

Miri Rubin

The Middle Ages is a term coined around 1450 to describe a thousand years of European History. In this Very Short Introduction, Miri Rubin provides an exploration of the variety, change, dynamism, and sheer complexity that the period ...

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Published: Nov 2014

The Wisdom of the Beguines: The Forgo...

Laura Swan

The beguines began to form in various parts of Europe over eight hundred years ago. Beguines were laywomen, not nuns, and they did not live in monasteries. They practiced a remarkable way of living independently, and they were never a...

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Published: Jun 2016

Catherine Howard: Henry's Fifth Failu...

D. Lawrence- Young

This historical novel has it all: sex and romance, violence and war, infidelity and intrigue. Catherine Howard, the Duke of Norfolk's niece, is raised in the very free atmosphere of her grandmother's palace. Here she becomes aware of...

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Published: Mar 2014
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