Atlas of Medieval Europe by David Ditchburn, Simon MacLean, Angus MacKay

By David Ditchburn, Simon MacLean, Angus MacKay

The Atlas of Medieval Europe covers the interval from the autumn of the Roman Empire via to the beginnings of the Renaissance, spreading from the Atlantic coast to the Russian steppes. every one map methods a separate factor or sequence of occasions in medieval background, and a statement locates it in its broader context.

This moment variation has over 40 new maps protecting various issues including:

  • the Moravian Empire
  • environmental change
  • the travels and correspondence of Froissart and guests within the east
  • the format of significant castles and palaces.

Thorough insurance can also be given to geographically peripheral parts like Portugal, Poland, Scandinavia and Ireland.

Providing a bright illustration of the advance of countries, peoples and social constructions, and charting political and armed forces occasions, the Atlas takes a close examine a number of key components together with language and literature; the advance of exchange, paintings and structure; and the nice towns and lives of old figures.

With over one hundred eighty maps, specialist commentaries and an in depth bibliography, this moment version of an essential reference consultant to medieval Europe brings the complicated and vibrant historical past of the center a long time to life.

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