Readings in Medieval History, Fifth Edition

Edited by Patrick J. Geary

© 2015

Patrick J. Geary's highly acclaimed collection of source materials on the Western medieval world is well-known for offering an excellent selection of substantial excerpts—or entire documents wherever possible—from the most widely studied historical texts.

This much-anticipated fifth edition features a larger format, as well as enlarged type, to make the collection more reader-friendly. Study questions have been added at the end of each section to help students focus on key points in the text. New documents on the Black Death, William of Rubruck, and Marco Polo are included, as well as a new selection from St. Benedict's Rule for Monasteries and a new translation of Einhard's The Life of Charlemagne. Two color photo sections have been added, introducing students to fascinating medieval art such as a fifth-century ivory from Constantinople, the two earliest images of Joan of Arc, the Sachsenspiegel, and a shirt that belonged to Queen Bathild.

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Patrick J. Geary's highly acclaimed collection of source materials on the Western medieval world is well known for offering an excellent selection of substantial excerpts – or entire documents wherever possible—from the most widely studied historical texts.

Readings in Medieval History, Fifth Edition

Edited by Patrick J. Geary

© 2015

Patrick J. Geary's highly acclaimed collection of source materials on the Western medieval world is well-known for offering an excellent selection of substantial excerpts—or entire documents wherever possible—from the most widely studied historical texts.

This much-anticipated fifth edition features a larger format, as well as enlarged type, to make the collection more reader-friendly. Study questions have been added at the end of each section to help students focus on key points in the text. New documents on the Black Death, William of Rubruck, and Marco Polo are included, as well as a new selection from St. Benedict's Rule for Monasteries and a new translation of Einhard's The Life of Charlemagne. Two color photo sections have been added, introducing students to fascinating medieval art such as a fifth-century ivory from Constantinople, the two earliest images of Joan of Arc, the Sachsenspiegel, and a shirt that belonged to Queen Bathild.

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Product Details

  • Division: Higher Education
  • World Rights
  • Page Count: 736 pages
  • Dimensions: 8.2in x 1.2in x 10.0in
  • Reviews

    The best collection of medieval documents in print.
    A.J. Andrea, University of Vermont

    Provides an excellent selection of complete texts or substantial extracts from key primary sources, helpfully grouped thematically and illustrating many current issues in modern historical study... an invaluable introduction.
    Rosamond McKitterick, Newnham College, University of Cambridge

    Students are introduced to the richness of medieval evidence and can engage with the personalities who produced it in a way that encourages further study and reflection on the Middle Ages.
    Nicholas Everett, University of Toronto

    This new edition is extremely welcome. Geary's collection was my favourite as an undergraduate, and I now use it in my own classes. Rather than the tiny and one-dimensional snippets found in other readers, this volume offers generous portions of sources, or even their entirety. In reading these sources, students learn the craft of the historian: to piece together the meaning of text, to understand the author's 'voice' and motives, and to be surprised (and delighted) by a text's many details and idiosyncrasies.
    Richard M. Pollard, University of British Columbia
  • Author Information

    Patrick J. Geary is Professor of Medieval History at the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton, New Jersey. He is the author and editor of numerous books on medieval history.
  • Table of contents

    Color Plates
    Preface

    Late Antiquity
    1. Theodosian Code
    2. Augustine of Hippo
    On Christian Doctrine
    City of God
    3. St. Perpetua The Passion of Saints Perpetua and Felicitas

    The Barbarian World
    4. Tacitus Germania
    5. Jordanes History of the Goths
    6. Hildebrandslied

    The Early Franks
    7. The Tomb of Childeric, Father of Clovis
    8. Salic Law
    9. Bishops Remigius of Reims and Avitus of Vienne Letters to Clovis
    10. Gregory of Tours The Ten Books of Histories
    11. Life of Saint Balthild

    Early Italy
    12. Saint Benedict Rule for Monasteries
    13. Gregory the Great Dialogues

    Anglo-Saxon England
    14. Laws of Ethelbert
    15. Bede History of the English Church and People
    16. King Alfred
    Dooms
    The Treaty between Alfred and Guthrum (886–890)
    Letter to King Edward the Elder
    Asser's Life of King Alfred
    Anglo-Saxon Chronicle
    17. Theodore Penitential

    The Carolingians
    18. Einhard The Life of Charlemagne
    19. Selected Capitularies
    20. Dhuoda's Handbook for her Son (Liber Manualis)

    Monasticism
    21. Cluniac Charters
    The Foundation Charter of Cluny
    Charters of the Grossi Family
    22. Miracles of Saint Foy
    23. Anselm Proslogion
    24. Bernard of Clairvaux Sermons on the Song of Songs
    25. Guibert of Nogent Memoirs

    Lords and Vassals
    26. Fulbert of Chartres Letter to William of Aquitaine
    27. Hugh of Lusignan Agreement between Lord and Vassal
    28. Galbert of Bruges the Murder of Charles the Good

    The First Crusade
    29. Four Accounts
    Fulcher of Chartres
    Solomon Bar Simson
    Ibn Al-Athir
    Anna Comnena

    The Fourth Lateran Council
    30. Canons of the Fourth Lateran Council, 1215

    The Mendicants
    31. The Rule of Saint Francis of Assisi
    32. Clare of Assisi Testament
    33. Canonization Process of St. Dominic
    34. Thomas of Cantimpré Defense of the Mendicants
    35. St. Thomas Aquinas On the Proofs of God's Existence

    Church and Society in the Fourteenth and Fifteenth Centuries
    36. Jacques Fournier Inquisition Records
    37. Marsilius of Padua Discourses
    38. The Book of Margery Kempe
    39. The Black Death
    Gabriele de' Mussis
    Ralph of Shrewsbury
    Flores Temporum
    Ordinance of Laborers

    The Empire
    40. Liudprand of Cremona A Chronicle of Otto's Reign
    41. Pope Gregory VII and King Henry IV the Investiture Controversy
    42. The Concordat of Worms
    43. Otto of Freising The Deeds of Frederick Barbarossa
    44. The Saxon Mirror (Sachsenspiegel)
    45. Emperor Charles IV Autobiography

    Poland
    46. The Deeds of the Princes of the Poles
    47. The Chronicle of Thietmar of Merseburg

    France
    48. Joinville Life of St. Louis
    49. Enquêts of King Louis IX
    50. Jean Froissart Chronicles
    51. The Trial of Joan of Arc

    England
    52. Domesday Book
    53. Richard fitz Nigel Dialogue of the Exchequer
    54. Accounts of the Exchequer: An Example
    55. Magna Carta
    TheArticles of the Barons, June 15, 1215
    Magna Carta, 1215
    Pope Innocent III declares Magna Carta null and void, August 24, 1215
    Magna Carta, 1216
    56. Royal Courts of England: The Huntingdonshire Eyre of 1286
    57. A Medieval English Village: Plans of Wharram Percy

    The Iberian Peninsula
    58. Fuero de Cuenca
    59. Las Siete Partidas

    Italy
    60. Giovanni Scriba Notary Book
    61. Dialogues of Catherine of Siena
    62. Florence: Catasto of 1427
    63. Gregorio Dati Diary

    Western Europe and the Mongols
    64. The Journey of William of Rubruck
    65. The Travels of Marco Polo

    Glossary
    Sources

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