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About the Book

A Short History of the Middle Ages, third edition, has now established itself as an excellent, affordable, succinct narrative overview of medieval history from c.300 to c.1500. Each chapter covers a “slice of time,” integrating culture, politics, art, economics, and social issues throughout. The book is unique for its survey of European history both on its own terms and in the context of the Islamic world and the Byzantine, Mongol, and Ottoman empires.

Over 60 plates—many in color—serve as an introduction to the history of medieval art and architecture. In this edition, four new plates enhance the art program of the book. All of the maps, 41 in total, are now in colour. A new feature entitled “Seeing the Middle Ages” offers in-depth discussions of chosen illustrations. Students and professors can consult the website containing study questions, maps, and glossary.

This edition has been carefully reworked to coordinate more fully with Rosenwein’s Reading the Middle Ages. It has also been thoroughly revised to take into account recent historical scholarship, particularly in the latter chapters.

You can read more about A Short History of the Middle Ages, third edition and view a Table of Contents on the UTP Higher Education website.

View the entire UTP Higher Education catalogue of history and medieval studies here.

About the Author:

Barbara H. Rosenwein’s other works include Reading the Middle Ages: Sources from Europe, Byzantium, and the Islamic World (University of Toronto Press, 2006), Emotional Communities in the Early Middle Ages (Cornell University Press, 2006), and Negotiating Space: Power, Restraint, and Privileges of Immunity in Early Medieval Europe (Cornell University Press, 1999). She is Professor of History at Loyola University Chicago.

Praise for the New Edition:

“Lucidly written, clearly structured, stunningly comprehensive, and highly accessible, the new edition of Rosenwein’s A Short History of the Middle Ages should be required reading in any course that surveys medieval culture. The book will provide much needed historical background to students in many disciplines, including medieval literature, theology, and art. The inclusion of sensitively chosen visual material, an excellent selection of maps, and the newly-added ‘Seeing the Middle Ages’ feature will appeal especially to students of art history, who will benefit immeasurably from using Rosenwein’s book as a companion volume to any standard text on medieval art.” – Elina Gertsman, Assistant Professor, Medieval Art, Southern Illinois University Carbondale

“Elegantly written and beautifully produced, Rosenwein’s A Short History of the Middle Ages is a treat for teachers and students alike. Clear and concise, the volume offers a fresh approach to the history of medieval Europe which blends exciting new analysis with careful fidelity to the sources. Luxurious images, deftly incorporated into the book’s narrative, bring the period alive and provide opportunities for deeper discussion and reflection. Rosenwein is a masterful storyteller; her book will inspire and delight.” – Fiona Griffiths, New York University

“Non-medievalist and habitual scorner of textbooks, I have used, enjoyed, and appreciated this book in earlier editions. It is clear, thoughtful, deeply expert, and refreshingly ecumenical. The maps and charts are good and useful, and the illustrations gorgeous, splendidly legible, well captioned, and put to thorough use. The real, rare treasure, though, is the lovely English, at once limpid and graciously respectful of student intelligence.” – Thomas V. Cohen, York University

“Barbara Rosenwein’s new edition of her by now classic A Short History of the Middle Ages provides an already stellar work with even greater clarity and sharpness. The changes are subtle yet decisive: nuances that demonstrate once again Rosenwein’s extraordinary gift for synthesizing up-to-the-minute scholarship while writing clearly and engagingly for all readers, general and specialized. The art work is splendid and, together with the maps, remains one of the book’s outstanding features.” – Susanna Elm, University of California, Berkeley

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