Medieval Civilization
Medieval Civilization   -     By: Jacques LeGoff
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Out of the most significant research developments of the last years, aside from those concerning the contribution of archaeology and, in a general sense, the area of material civilization, including nutrition, the development of the history of mentalites and the use of new types of evidence, such as gestures and images, this book will concentrate on certain fields which extend the ideas of this book. Probably the most important is the interest in the problems of the family and of kinship. Alliance systems, the role of women, and problems of consanguinity have become central themes for the understanding of feudal society. In this perspective feudo-vassalic relations are increasingly posited in terms of artificial kinship. Similarly, the formation of the lordship, a basic unit lik the family, in feudal society, has yielded ground to fertile hypotheses concerning the process of organization of society in microcosms dominated by lords. The development of ideas about the middle ages and the deepening of researches and reflections have reinforced two fo the fundamental standpoints of this book. The middle ages as a period of violence, of harsh living conditions, dominated by the natural world was also a period of exceptional creativity and laid the foundations of the development of western civilization. On the other hand, even more than others, perhaps, the society of medieval west can only be understood if one shows how its material, social and political realities were penetrated by symbolism and the imaginary world.

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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 393
Vendor: Wiley-Blackwell
Publication Date: 1990
Dimensions: 10 X 6.5 X 1 (inches)
ISBN: 0631175660
ISBN-13: 9780631175667

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Publisher's Description

This one thousand year history of the civilization of western Europe has already been recognized in France as a scholarly contribution of the highest order and as a popular classic. Jacques Le Goff has written a book which will not only be read by generations of students and historians, but which will delight and inform all those interested in the history of medieval Europe.

Part one, Historical Evolution , is a narrative account of the entire period, from the barbarian settlement of Roman Europe in the fifth, sixth and seventh centuries to the war-torn crises of Christian Europe in the fourteenth and fifteenth centuries.

Part two, Medieval Civilization , is analytical, concerned with the origins of early medieval ideas of culture and religion, the constraints of time and space in a pre-industrial world and the reconstruction of the lives and sensibilities of the people during this long period. Medieval Civilization combines the narrative and descriptive power characteristic of Anglo-Saxon scholarship with the sensitivity and insight of the French historical tradition.

Author Bio

Jacques Le Goff was born in 1924 at Toulon. He taught in a lycee at Amiens in 1950-1 and then held research studentships at Lincoln College, Oxford and the Ecole francaise de Rome. Since then he has taught at the Ecole practique des hautes etudes, rising to the position of president of the Ecole des hautes etudes en sciences sociales 1975-7. He is director of the prestigious journal Annales. He has published many books; best known to English readers are Pour un autre Moyen Age (Paris 1977), translated as Time, Work and Culture in the Middle Ages (Chicago, 1980) and La naisssance du purgatoire (Paris 1981), translated as The Borth of Purgatory (Chicago 1984).

Julia Barrow, a medievalist with a special interest in church history, took her MA in St Andrews in 1978 and her D.Phil in Oxford in 1983. At present she holds a British Academy Post-doctoral fellowship at Birmingham University.

Editorial Reviews

'Jacques Le Goff is one of the most distinguised of the French medieval historians of his generation, a generation in which the French have consistently set the pace for medieval studies.' Maurice Keen, New York Review of Books

"The richness, imaginativeness and sheer learning of Le Goff's work cannot be summarized and demands to be experienced." Times Literary Supplement

'...Stimulating and impressive. It was high time that it should be translated into English' Douglas Johnson, The Observer

"Covering 1000 years of civilazation in Western Europe and illustrated with a wide range of magnificant photographs, this popular and well-established French classic will both delight and inform." Publsihing News

"Combines illuminating generalizations with appealing nuggets of fact." Jasper Griffin

A rich portrait of the medieval world which historians will admire and any general reader can read with enjoyment." The Independent

"Le Goff has taken the whole of Western Europe as a temporal sequence and he has asked what are the conceptual schemes which give it coherence. It is the structuralist scheme which makes this book stimulating and impressive. It was high time that it should be translated into English." The Observer

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