Medieval England, 500-1500: A Reader, Second Edition

Edited by Emilie Amt and Katherine Allen Smith

© 2018

The new edition of Medieval England, 500-1500, edited by Emilie Amt and Katherine Allen Smith, spans several centuries in 102 documents that present the social and political history of England. The documents include constitutional highlights and records such as the Magna Carta and Froissart's Chronicles, as well as narrative sources describing the lived experiences of a range of historical actors. These narratives fit into thematic clusters covering topics such as the Anglo-Saxon monarchy, lay piety, later medieval commercial life, queenship, and Jewish communities.

Thirty-nine new sources discuss significant events like the conquest of Wales, the Gregorian mission, and the Viking invasions. They also allow for multiple examples of particular genres, such as wills and miracle collections, to facilitate comparative analysis. Introductions and questions situate each source in the historical landscape and facilitate engagement with the text, inspiring readers to delve into the medieval past. The book also features 40 illustrations, a map, and an index of topics. Additional resources, including essay questions, web resources, and a timeline, can be found on the History Matters website (www.utphistorymatters.com).

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The new edition of Medieval England, 500-1500, edited by Emilie Amt and Katherine Allen Smith, spans several centuries in 102 documents that present the social and political history of England.

Medieval England, 500-1500: A Reader, Second Edition

Edited by Emilie Amt and Katherine Allen Smith

© 2018

The new edition of Medieval England, 500-1500, edited by Emilie Amt and Katherine Allen Smith, spans several centuries in 102 documents that present the social and political history of England. The documents include constitutional highlights and records such as the Magna Carta and Froissart's Chronicles, as well as narrative sources describing the lived experiences of a range of historical actors. These narratives fit into thematic clusters covering topics such as the Anglo-Saxon monarchy, lay piety, later medieval commercial life, queenship, and Jewish communities.

Thirty-nine new sources discuss significant events like the conquest of Wales, the Gregorian mission, and the Viking invasions. They also allow for multiple examples of particular genres, such as wills and miracle collections, to facilitate comparative analysis. Introductions and questions situate each source in the historical landscape and facilitate engagement with the text, inspiring readers to delve into the medieval past. The book also features 40 illustrations, a map, and an index of topics. Additional resources, including essay questions, web resources, and a timeline, can be found on the History Matters website (www.utphistorymatters.com).

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Product Details

  • Division: Higher Education
  • World Rights
  • Page Count: 448 pages
  • Dimensions: 6.0in x 0.0in x 9.0in
  • Reviews

    "The second edition of Medieval England offers a diverse array of primary source materials enabling readers to engage with the Middle Ages in England in all of its complexity. Alongside the standard chronicles and texts of political and religious import, readers will find a great many sources that provide insight into the daily experiences and thoughts of women and men from many walks of life. Of particular value are the book's additions: a copious selection of sources now cover the Anglo-Saxon period, and sequences of new readings on themes such as the experiences of Jewish communities in England or queenship are spread throughout the book, allowing readers to compare sources and developments across time. Exploring the sources in this reader will enrich any course covering the Middle Ages in England, including interdisciplinary and literature courses, that require a solid yet lively historical grounding."


    Shannon Godlove, Columbus State University

    "Amt and Smith have made a superb resource even stronger with this revised edition, and I cannot wait to use this in my course. The collection is a 'who's who' of important sources covering the topics common in every course—Aelfric's Colloquy, Domesday Book, the Peasant's Revolt—but even seasoned instructors should find something new to use, as Amt and Smith include selections reflecting the literal and figurative margins of English history. Another major update makes the figures more than illustrations: material culture, architecture, and art are treated as sources in their own right, teaching history students to 'read' non-textual sources and learn some of the vocabulary of other disciplines. The complexities of medieval England are on full display and these juxtapositions will challenge students to take an active approach in learning about the past."


    Peter L. Larson, University of Central Florida
  • Author Information

    Emilie Amt is the Hildegarde Pilgram Professor of History at Hood College, Maryland. Her books include The Crusades: A Reader (2003) and Women's Lives in Medieval Europe: A Sourcebook (2010).


    Katherine Allen Smith is Associate Professor of History at University of Puget Sound. She is the co-editor of Negotiating Community and Difference in Medieval Europe (2009) and the author of War and the Making of Medieval Monastic Culture (2011).
  • Table of contents

    List of Illustrations
    Acknowledgments
    Introduction
    A Note on Medieval English Money
    Map of Medieval England and its Neighbors

    Chapter One: The Anglo-Saxon World, ca 500–1066
    1. Gildas on the Coming of the Anglo-Saxons (*)
    2. Letters on the Gregorian Mission (*)
    3. Laws of Æthelbert of Kent (*)
    4. Bede on the Conversion of King Edwin of Northumbria (*)
    5. An Anglo-Saxon Burial: The Ely “Princess” (*)
    6. Riddles from the Exeter Book (*)
    7. Slavery in Anglo-Saxon England (*)
    8. Treaty between King Alfred the Great and Guthrum (*)
    9. Alfred the Great’s Preface to the Pastoral Care (*)
    10. The Battle of Maldon (*)
    11. Labor and Daily Life from Ælfric of Eynsham’s Colloquy
    12. Anglo-Saxon Wills
    13. The Cotton Anglo-Saxon World Map (*)
    14. The Wolf’s Sermon to the English (*)
    15. Laws of Cnut
    16. Cnut’s Letter to the English People
    17. Praise of Queen Emma
    18. The Life of King Edward Who Rests at Westminster

    Chapter Two: The Norman Era, 1066–1154
    19. The Anglo-Saxon Chronicle on the Norman Conquest
    20. The Text of the Bayeux Tapestry
    21. Doing Penance for the Norman Victory (*)
    22. Castles in Norman England (*)
    23. Domesday Book
    24. Orderic Vitalis’s Account of His Life
    25. Anselm of Canterbury on His Feud with William Rufus (*)
    26. Gilbert Crispin’s Disputation of a Jew with a Christian (*)
    27. Church Reform: The Council of Westminster (*)
    28. Henry I’s Coronation Charter
    29. Eadmer’s Account of Queen Edith-Matilda
    30. The Founding of the Gilbertine Order (*)
    31. William of Malmesbury on the Civil War between Stephen and Matilda
    32. The Battle of the Standard (*)

    Chapter Three: The Angevin Era, 1154–1216
    33. Gerald of Wales’s Description of Henry II
    34. The Constitutions of Clarendon
    35. The Murder and Miracles of Thomas Becket
    36. Glanville’s Treatise on the Laws and Customs of the Kingdom of England
    37. Jocelin of Brakelond on the Misfortunes of Henry of Essex
    38. The Political Career of Eleanor of Aquitaine (*)
    39. The Cult of King Arthur (*)
    40. Town Charters
    41. William fitzStephen’s Description of London
    42. Thomas of Monmouth’s Life of Saint William of Norwich
    43. Reginald of Durham’s Life of Saint Godric, Hermit of Finchale
    44. The History of William Marshal
    45. John of Salisbury’s Policraticus
    46. Richard of Devizes on the Third Crusade
    47. Enforcing the Forest Law (*)
    48. Letters of Innocent III and King John
    49. Roger of Wendover’s Account of the Rebellion against King John
    50. Magna Carta

    Chapter Four: The Thirteenth Century, 1216–1299
    51. Letters of Queen Isabella of Angoulême
    52. Henry de Bracton’s Notebook: Cases from the Royal Courts
    53. Persecution and Expulsion of English Jews (*)
    54. The Ancrene Wisse
    55. Thomas of Eccleston on the Coming of the Friars Minor to England
    56. The Baronial Cause: The Song of Lewes
    57. The Miracles of Simon de Montfort (*)
    58. The Household Roll of Countess Eleanor of Leicester (*)
    59. Summonses to Parliament
    60. London Coroners’ Rolls
    61. Plan of the Village of Wharram Percy (*)
    62. Manorial Life, from the Hundred Rolls
    63. The Statutes of Merton College, Oxford
    64. Roger Bacon’s Account of His Academic Career
    65. The Conquest of Wales (*)
    66. Edward I’s Confirmation of Charters

    Chapter Five: An Age of Disasters, 1300–1399
    67. Parish Life in the Diocese of Exeter (*)
    68. Correspondence of the Queen with London
    69. The Manner of Holding Parliament
    70. A Chronicle of the Great Famine
    71. The Royal Response to the Famine
    72. Manor Court Rolls
    73. A Proof of Age Inquest (*)
    74. London Craft Guild Ordinances
    75. Urban Environmental Problems and Regulations
    76. Articles of Accusation against Edward II (*)
    77. Dispute between an Englishman and a Frenchman (*)
    78. Jean Froissart on the Battle of Crécy
    79. Thomas Bradwardine’s Victory Sermon after Crécy (*)
    80. The Black Death (*)
    81. Post-Plague Wage and Price Regulations
    82. Chronicle Accounts of the Peasants’ Revolt
    83. A Peasants’ Revolt Trial
    84. Ordinances of the Guild of Saint Katharine at Norwich
    85. Robert Manning of Brunne’s Handlyng Synne
    86. The Growth of Lollardy (*)
    87. The Deposition of Richard II

    Chapter Six: The Fifteenth Century, 1399–1500
    88. Chronicle of the Reign of Henry V
    89. Statutes of the Order of the Garter (*)
    90. Financing the Agincourt Campaign (*)
    91. Order of the Pageants of the York Corpus Christi Play
    92. Poems about Raising Children
    93. London Wills (*)
    94. Apprenticeship Documents
    95. Visitations of Monasteries
    96. A London Chronicle on the Wars of the Roses
    97. The Cely Letters
    98. The Accession of Richard III (*)
    99. The Battle of Bosworth
    100. The Rediscovery of Richard III
    101. Polydore Vergil’s Account of Henry VII
    102. An Italian Relation of England

    Sources
    Index of Topics

    (*) = New to this Edition