Europe in the High Middle Ages by William Chester Jordan
Penguin History of Europe (Penguin History of Europe)

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With a lucid and clear narrative style William Chester Jordan has turned his considerable talents to composing a standard textbook of the opening centuries of the second millennium in Europe. He brings this period of dramatic social, political, economic, cultural, religious and military change, alive to the general reader. Jordan presents the early Medieval period as a lost world, far removed from our current age, which had risen from the smoking rubble of the Roman Empire, but from which we are cut off by the great plagues and famines that ended it. Broad in scope, punctuated with impressive detail, and highly accessible, Jordan's book is set to occupy a central place in university courses of the medieval period.
 

About William Chester Jordan

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William Chester Jordan is professor of history and director of the Program in Medieval Studies at Princeton University.
 
Published August 1, 2002 by Penguin. 386 pages
Genres: History, Travel. Non-fiction

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At the outset of this period, Jordan (History/Princeton Univ.) reminds us, the Church had comparatively little power and influence: “To be a Catholic in the year 1000 required little change in traditional behavior, in part because there were so few people who were actively monitoring behavior on ...

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Ever since the publication of Barbara Tuchman's A Distant Mirror, many readers have had a sneaking suspicion that the 14th century is uncannily similar to our own.

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As Jordan shows, the Middle Ages in Europe were indeed the best of times and worst of times.

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London Review of Books

Ethnic identity was defined by linguistic identity: a German was the speaker of a Germanic language and German identity thus extended to Spain, North Africa, the Netherlands and Italy – areas that had been settled, in the early Middle Ages, by Germanic-speaking Goths, Vandals, Frisians and Lombards.

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