Readings in Medieval History, Volume I: The Early Middle Ages, Fifth Edition
Patrick J. Geary's highly acclaimed collection of source materials on the medieval period is well-known for offering an excellent selection of substantial excerpts—or whole 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. Volume I includes a new selection from the Rule of St. Benedict and a new translation of Einhard's The Life of Charlemagne, as well as a color photo section introducing students to fascinating medieval art such as a seventh-century stone from Hornhausen, a shirt that belonged to Queen Bathild, and a page from the St. Petersburg Bede.
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- Page Count: 324 pages
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ReviewsThe 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 InformationPatrick 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 contentsPreface
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
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
12. Saint Benedict Rule for Monasteries
13. Gregory the Great Dialogues
14. Laws of Ethelbert
15. Bede History of the English Church and People
16. King Alfred
The Treaty between Alfred and Guthrum (886–890)
Letter to King Edward the Elder
Asser's Life of King Alfred
17. Theodore Penitential
18. Einhard The Life of Charlemagne
19. Selected Capitularies
20. Dhuoda's Handbook for her Son (Liber Manualis)
The Tenth Century
21. Liudprand of Cremona A Chronicle of Otto's Reign
22. Cluniac Charters
The Foundation Charter of Cluny
Charters of the Grossi Family
Subjects and Courses