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The Oxford History of Medieval Europe

Edited by George Holmes

Publication Date - March 2002

ISBN: 9780192801333

416 pages

Retail Price to Students: $18.95


This is the most authoritative account of life in Medieval Europe between the fall of the Roman Empire and the coming of the Renaissance.

Full coverage is given to all aspects of life in a thousand-year period which saw the creation of western civilization: from the empires and kingdoms of Charlemagne, the Byzantines, and the Hundred Years War, to the ideals of the crusades, the building of great cathedrals and the social catastrophe of the Black Death; the cultural worlds of chivalric knights, popular festivals, and new art forms. The chapters show the movement of the centre of gravity in European life from the Mediterranean to the north; and the authors explore the contrast between Byzantine and Renaissance cultures in the south and the new, complex political and social structures of north-west Europe, which by 1300 had the most advanced civilization the world had ever seen.


  • An authoritative, single-volume history of medieval Europe, written by a team of experts, based on up-to-date scholarship
  • Contains chronology, genealogies, maps and bibliographies
  • All aspects of medieval life and civilization are coversed
  • Drawn from the text of the highly successful Oxford Illustrated History of Medieval Europe (over 50,000 copies sold)

About the Author(s)

George Holmes is Chichele Professor of Medieval History at the University of Oxford. He has also been a History Delegate to Oxford University Press.

Table of Contents

    1. The Transformation of the Roman Mediterranean, 400-900, Thomas Brown
    2. The Northern World in the Dark Ages, 400-900, Edward James
    3. The Society of Nothern Europe in the High Middle Ages, 900-1200, David Whitton
    4. Northern Europe invades the Mediterranean, 900-1200, Rosemary Morris
    5. The Mediterranean in the Age of the Renaissance, 1200-1500, Peter Denley
    6. The Civbization of Courts and Cities in the North, 1200-1500, Malcolm Vale
    Editor's Postscript
    Further Reading