Our latest list of five new books about the Middle Ages.
By Valerie Hansen
Excerpt: The year 1000 marked the start of globalization. This is when trade routes took shape all around the world that allowed goods, technologies, religions, and people to leave home and go somewhere new. The resulting changes were so profound that they affected ordinary people, too.
Translated by John Dagenais
ISBN: 978 1 85566 309 1
Excerpt: I first read Ramon Llull’s Doctrina pueril more than four decades ago when I was just beginning my study of the European Middle Ages. For me, it was a fascinating introduction to the medieval world, and I thought at the time it would be an excellent introductory text for students like me who were just beginning their exploration of the medieval European world and world view. The book can be thought of a sort of “Everything You Need to Know in the Middle Ages.”
By Kathryn Warner
Pen & Sword
Excerpt: Between 1292 and 1295, three women were born who were grand-daughters of the reigning king of England, Edward I, and daughters of the greatest English nobleman of he late thirteenth century, Gilbert ‘the Red’ Clare, Earl of Gloucester and Hertford. Eleanor, Margaret and Elizabeth Clare’s lives were full of dram, intrigue, conflict and tragedy.
By Ryan J. Lynch
Excerpt: Among the most vital sources of our information on the late antique and early Islamic Middle East are the works of the Muslim author Ahmad b. Yahya b. Jabir b. Dawud al-Baladhuri (d. c.892 CE / AH 279). While among the earliest survivung Islamic sources, al-Baladhuri’s two extant works – Kitab Futuh al-buldan (The Book of the Conquest of Lands) and Absab al-ashraf (The Lineage of Nobles) – are treasure troves of information on the Islamic conquests of the seventh and eighth centuries CE/first and second centuries AH, on early Islamic society, and on the formation and development of governance under Islamic rule.
By Douglas Boyd
Pen & Sword
ISBN: 978 1 52674 310 7
Excerpt: Physically beautiful, highly intelligent, literate in, and speaking several languages, Eleanor was described by one who knew her well as avenante, vaillante et courtoise – or approachable, courageous and courtly.