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  Books used in this course  

The Inheritance of Rome: Illuminating the Dark Ages 400-1000
Chris Wickham
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The Secret History
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Gregory of Tours: The Merovingians
Edited by Alexander Callander Murray
Broadview Press
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Charlemagne's Courtier: The Complete Einhard
Edited by Paul Edward Dutton
Broadview Press
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The Vikings: A Very Short Introduction
Julian Richards
Oxford University Press
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  Other Books by Professor Freedman  

Out of the East
Spices and the Medieval Imagination

This engaging book explores the demand for spices: why were they so popular, and why so expensive?  Paul Freedman surveys the history, geography, economics, and culinary tastes of the Middle Ages to uncover the surprisingly varied ways that spices were put to use--in elaborate medieval cuisine, in the treatment of disease, for the promotion of well-being, and to perfume important ceremonie...

2009   288 pp.
Paper ISBN: 9780300151350
$25.00 / $22.50

The Diocese of Vic: Tradition and Regeneration in Medieval Catalonia
Paul Freedman
Rutgers University Press
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Origins of Peasant Servitude in Medieval Catalonia
Paul Freedman
Cambridge University Press
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Images of the Medieval Peasant
Paul Freedman
Stanford University Press
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Church, Law and Society in Catalonia, 900-1500
Paul Freedman
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Food: The History of Taste
Edited by Paul Freedman
University of California Press
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Last Things: Death and the Apocalypse in the Middle Ages
Edited by Caroline Walker Bynum and Paul Freedman
University of Pennsylvania Press
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Forms of Servitude in Northern and Central Europe
Paul Freedman and Monique Bourin
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  Additional books of interest  


This biography is a splendid introduction to the life and legends of Charlemagne, king of the Franks from 768 to his death in 814 and Holy Roman emperor from the year 800. Matthias Becher offers a concise and insightful assessment of Charlemagne’s reign and achievements, his political and military maneuverings and posthumous fame.

2005   180 pp.
Paper ISBN: 9780300107586
$21.00 / $18.90
The English Aristocracy, 1070-1272
A Social Transformation

This groundbreaking book offers the first close examination of the fate of English aristocrats following William the Conqueror's victory. A radical transformation ensued, the author shows, as society redefined itself around the principle of nobility.

2011   352 pp.   -   Cloth ISBN: 9780300114553
$75.00 / $67.50

Europe Between the Oceans
9000 BC-AD 1000

What was going on in Europe (a relatively minor peninsula in world terms) that enabled it by 1000 A.D. to become a driving global force? This sensational interdisciplinary work by a leading archaeologist reorients our understanding of Old Europe’s success, uncovering a set of complex factors that have gone unrecognized until now.

2011   480 pp.
Paper ISBN: 9780300170863
$35.00 / $31.50
Making a Living in the Middle Ages
The People of Britain 850–1520

Dramatic social and economic change during the middle ages altered the lives of the people of Britain in far-reaching ways, from the structure of their families to the ways they made their livings. In this engagingly written economic history, Christopher Dyer provides a vivid new account of British medieval life from the Viking invasions through the Norman conquest to the colonial expansion of the...

The New Economic History of Britain Series
2003   424 pp.   -   Paper ISBN: 9780300101911
$32.00 / $28.80

The Virgin of Chartres
Making History through Liturgy and the Arts

This richly illustrated book explores the layers of history found in the cult of the Virgin of Chartres as it developed in the eleventh and twelfth centuries.

2010   632 pp.
Cloth ISBN: 9780300110883
$75.00 / $67.50
The First King of England

This biography of King Athelstan (924-939), who reigned briefly but brilliantly, reveals for the first time his personal life, his spectacular military victories, and why he may justly be called "the first English monarch."

The English Monarchs Series
2011   283 pp.   -   Cloth ISBN: 9780300125351
$65.00 / $58.50

Holy Bones, Holy Dust
How Relics Shaped the History of Medieval Europe

This intriguing, beautifully illustrated book encompasses 1,000 years of holy relics across Europe, deepening our understanding of the medieval world by revealing how they were used in religion and also in business, politics, and warfare.

2012   324 pp.
Paper ISBN: 9780300184303
$25.00 / $22.50

Chivalry-- with its pageants, heraldry, and knights in shining armor -- was a social ideal that had a profound influence on the history of early modern Europe. In this richly detailed and eloquent book, a leading medieval historian discusses the complex reality of chivalry: its secular foundations, the effects of the Crusades, the literature of knighthood, and its ethos of the social and moral obl...

A Nota Bene book
2005   352 pp.   -   Paper ISBN: 9780300107678
$20.00 / $18.00

King Stephen

This compelling biography provides the most complete picture yet of King Stephen, the “unfortunate monarch” whose twelfth-century reign descended into long years of civil war as his family and allies struggled to save his throne.

The English Monarchs Series
2012   384 pp.
Paper ISBN: 9780300181951
$45.00 / $40.50
Empty Bottles of Gentilism
Kingship and the Divine in Late Antiquity and the Early Middle Ages (to 1050)

In this book—the first volume in his groundbreaking trilogy on the emergence of western political thought—Francis Oakley explores the roots of secular political thinking by examining the political ideology and institutions of Hellenistic and late Roman antiquity and of the early European middle ages.

The Emergence of Western Political Thought in the Latin Middle Ages
2010   320 pp.   -   Cloth ISBN: 9780300155389
$50.00 / $45.00

The Mortgage of the Past
Reshaping the Ancient Political Inheritance (1050-1300)

Francis Oakley continues his magisterial three-part history of the emergence of Western political thought during the Middle Ages with this second volume, exploring kingship and related themes from the tenth to the fourteenth century.

The Emergence of Western Political Thought in the Latin Middle Ages
2012   344 pp.
Cloth ISBN: 9780300176339
$60.00 / $54.00
Medieval Children

What was childhood like for medieval boys and girls in England? Nicholas Orme draws on a vast range of sources to create the most complete and vivid picture of childhood in the Middle Ages ever written. With illustrations throughout, this book describes every stage of a child’s growth to adulthood and includes fascinating information on the special culture of children, their toys and games, their ...

2003   400 pp.   -   Paper ISBN: 9780300097542
$39.00 / $35.10

Edward III

An enlightening biography that takes a deeper look at the personality of this celebrated warrior king, emphasising the importance of Edward's familial relationships and his achievement of a cohesive stable nation.

The English Monarchs Series
2012   720 pp.
Cloth ISBN: 9780300119107
$45.00 / $40.50
The Second Crusade
Extending the Frontiers of Christendom

The Second Crusade (1145-1149) was an extraordinarily bold, but largely unsuccessful, attempt to defeat “unbelievers” in the Holy Land, Iberia, and northeastern Europe. This definitive book casts new light on the origins, planning, and execution of the Second Crusade, uncovering its profound impact on both Europe and the Middle East.

2010   336 pp.   -   Paper ISBN: 9780300164756
$32.00 / $28.80

Edward II

This definitive biography, the fruit of a lifetime’s study, does not present Edward II as a heroic or successful king: his deposition after a turbulent reign of nearly twenty years is proof enough that it went terribly wrong. But Seymour Phillips’ scrutiny of the multitude of available sources shows that a richer picture emerges, in line with the complexity of events and of the man him...

The English Monarchs Series
2012   704 pp.
Paper ISBN: 9780300178029
$35.00 / $31.50
The Crusades
A History; Second Edition

Jonathan Riley-Smith here provides a comprehensive history of the Crusades: an account of the theology of violence behind the Crusades, the major Crusades, the experience of crusading, and the crusaders themselves. With a wealth of fascinating detail, Riley-Smith brings to life these stirring expeditions and the politics and personalities behind them. His book will be the standard and authoritativ...

A Nota Bene book
2005   400 pp.   -   Paper ISBN: 9780300101287
$22.00 / $19.80

The Making of the Middle Ages

A distinguished Oxford historian presents an absorbing study of the main personalities and the influences that molded the history of Western Europe from the late tenth to the early thirteenth century, describing the chief forms of social, political, and religious organization.

1961   288 pp.
Paper ISBN: 9780300002300
$25.00 / $22.50
Julian of Norwich, Theologian

This provocative book casts Julian of Norwich in a new light, revealing for the first time the subtlety, consistency, and originality of her theological thought. Julian stands among the medieval era's foremost thinkers, the author contends.

2011   288 pp.   -   Cloth ISBN: 9780300163919
$50.00 / $45.00

Julian of Norwich, Theologian

This provocative book casts Julian of Norwich in a new light, revealing for the first time the subtlety, consistency, and originality of her theological thought. Julian stands among the medieval era's foremost thinkers, the author contends.

2013   288 pp.
Paper ISBN: 9780300192551
$29.00 / $26.10
Eleanor of Aquitaine
Queen of France, Queen of England

Untangling the myths and legends of many centuries, this definitive biography gives us the real Eleanor of Aquitaine—wife of two kings, mother of two kings, a tenacious and ambitious twelfth-century queen who carved a unique position for herself in a society hostile to the idea of a woman in power.

2011   416 pp.   -   Paper ISBN: 9780300178203
$39.00 / $35.10

The Medieval Heart

In this debut, Heather Webb studies medieval notions of the heart to explore the “lost circulations” of an era when individual lives and bodies were defined by their extensions into the world rather than as self-perpetuating, self-limited entities.

2010   256 pp.
Cloth ISBN: 9780300153934
$75.00 / $67.50
The Conversion of Scandinavia
Vikings, Merchants, and Missionaries in the Remaking of Northern Europe

Drawing on painstaking analysis and paleographic reconstruction of archeological and literary sources, Anders Winroth presents a radically new interpretation of the conversion of Scandinavia from paganism to Christianity in the early Middle Ages.

2012   256 pp.   -   Cloth ISBN: 9780300170269
$38.00 / $34.20