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The Best Books about the Middle Ages from 2020

Maybe unlike other years, 2020 is not one that we want to reflect on, particularly, and yet there were a few good things to come out of this year – namely books. This week, Danièle speaks with Peter Konieczny about some of the year’s best books.

The books mentioned in this episode are:

Le Jouvencel, by Jean de Bueil; translated by Craig Taylor, Jane H.M. Taylor

The Year 1,000: When Explorers Connected the World – and Globalization Began, by Valerie Hansen


Making the Medieval Relevant: How Medieval Studies Contribute to Improving our Understanding of the Present, edited by Chris Jones, Conor Kostick, and Klaus Oschema

The White Ship: Conquest, Anarchy, and the Wrecking of Henry I’s Dream, by Charles Spencer


The Book of Charlatans, by Jamāl al-Dīn ʿAbd al-Raḥīm al-Jawbarī, translated by Humphrey Davies

Legions of Pigs in the Early Medieval West, by Jamie Kreiner

The Lost Archive: Traces of a Caliphate in a Cairo Synagogue, by Marina Rustow

Daughters of Chivalry: The Forgotten Children of Edward I, by Kelcey Wilson-Lee

Whose Middle Ages?: Teachable Moments For An Ill-used Past, edited by Andrew Albin, Mary C. Erler, Thomas O’Donnell, Nicholas L. Paul and Nina Rowe

The Devil’s Historians: How Modern Extremists Abuse the Medieval Past, by Amy S. Kaufman and Paul B. Sturtevant

Medieval Warfare: A Reader, by Kelly DeVries and Michael Livingston

Byzantium in Eastern European Visual Culture in the Late Middle Ages, edited by Maria Alessia Rossi and Alice Isabella Sullivan

On Time: A History of Western Timekeeping, by Ken Mondschein

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