Medieval History for Dummies, Paperback


Is your knowledge of The Crusades less than tip-top?

Maybe you're curious about Columbus, or you're desperate to read about the Black Death in all its gory detail?

Whatever your starting point, this expert guide has it all - from kings, knights and anti-Popes, to invasion, famine, the Magna Carta and Joan of Arc (and a few rebellious peasants thrown in for good measure!).

Get ready for a rip-roaring ride through the political, religious and cultural life of the Middle Ages, one of the most talked-about periods in history.

Medieval History for Dummies includes: Part I: The Early Middle Ages Chapter 1: The Middle Ages: When, Where, What, Who?

Chapter 2: The end of Rome and the not so ‘Dark Ages'.

Chapter 3: Angles, Saxons and Feudalism. Chapter 4: The Carolingians grab their chance. Chapter 5: Charlemagne - A new empire is born. Part II: The Making of Europe Chapter 6: The (Holy Roman) Empire Strikes Back.

Chapter 7: East Meets West: Islam in the Western Mediterranean.

Chapter 8: The Vikings: A threat from the north. Chapter 9: Schism: The Church splits itself in two. Chapter 10: The Normans: The ‘real' Middle Ages begin. Part III: ‘Holy War': Crusading at home and abroad.

Chapter 11: Crusade: A call to arms. Chapter 12: The First Crusade Chapter 13: England vs France & Pope vs Emperor Chapter 14: The Second Crusade & The ‘Crusades at Home' Chapter 15: Richard vs Saladin: The Third Crusade Chapter 16: The later Crusades and other failures. Part IV: Parliament, Priories, Provisions & Plague Chapter 17: John, Henry, Rudolf & Edward.

Chapter 18: Monks & Merchants: The new power brokers Chapter 19: The Papacy on Tour: Avignon and the Anti-Popes Chapter 20: ‘God's Judgement?': The Black Death Part V: The End of the Middle and the start of discovery.

Chapter 21: One Hundred Years of War Chapter 22: The Peasants are Revolting Chapter 23: Agincourt, Joan of Arc & the French recovery Chapter 24: Columbus & The New World Part VI: The Part of Tens Chapter 25: Ten Rubbish Kings Chapter 26: Ten Curious Medieval Pastimes Chapter 27: Ten Great Castles Chapter 28: Ten People Who Changed The World Chapter 29: Ten Great Books (To read next)


  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 408 pages, Illustrations, maps
  • Publisher: John Wiley and Sons Ltd
  • Publication Date:
  • Category: European history
  • ISBN: 9780470747834



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