The Complete Idiot’s Guide To The Middle …


The Complete Idiot’s Guide To The Middle Ages
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The Middle Ages – the period of time in European history that began in the year 550 and ended in 1500 with the Renaissance – has also been called the Medieval or Feudal era. Some consider it the Age of Religion – but to many it’s the Dark Ages, a term first coined by Petrarch. The Complete Idiot’s Guide to the Middle Agesgives readers the beginning, middle, and end of the era, starting with the fall of the Roman Empire and ending with the light at the end of the tunnel, the Renaissance. In between, readers learn about- As the Romans fall, the Barbarians rise, but a small light remains in the Byzantine and Islamic worlds Charlemagne, Pippin, and the last of the long-haired kings Serfing through the storms-Arabs, Magyars, Vikings, and Anglo-Saxon invaders A day in the life of … a king, a knight, a lord, a townsman, a serf, and a woman Politics and the Church The Reconquista in Spain, the Crusades, and Joan of Arc at the stake When it was Dark it was dark-hunger, plague, war, and financial collapse Ancients versus moderns and the dawn of a new age A timeline, a who’s who, and even more light-further reading and the Middle Ages in film

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