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 westernEurope has already been recognized in France as a scholarlycontribution of the highest order and as a popular classic. JacquesLe Goff has written a book which will not only be read bygenerations of students and historians, but which will delight andinform all those interested in the history of medieval Europe.

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

Part two, Medieval Civilization , is analytical, concerned withthe origins of early medieval ideas of culture and religion, theconstraints of time and space in a pre-industrial world and thereconstruction of the lives and sensibilities of the people duringthis long period. Medieval Civilization combines the narrative anddescriptive power characteristic of Anglo-Saxon scholarship withthe sensitivity and insight of the French historical tradition.

Author Bio

Jacques Le Goff was born in 1924 at Toulon. He taught in alycee at Amiens in 1950-1 and then held research studentships atLincoln College, Oxford and the Ecole francaise de Rome. Since thenhe has taught at the Ecole practique des hautes etudes, rising tothe position of president of the Ecole des hautes etudes ensciences sociales 1975-7. He is director of the prestigious journalAnnales. He has published many books; best known to Englishreaders are Pour un autre Moyen Age (Paris 1977), translatedas Time, Work and Culture in the Middle Ages (Chicago, 1980)and La naisssance du purgatoire (Paris 1981), translated asThe Borth of Purgatory (Chicago 1984).

Julia Barrow, a medievalist with a special interest in churchhistory, took her MA in St Andrews in 1978 and her D.Phil in Oxfordin 1983. At present she holds a British Academy Post-doctoralfellowship at Birmingham University.

Editorial Reviews

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

"The richness, imaginativeness and sheer learning of Le Goff'swork cannot be summarized and demands to be experienced." TimesLiterary Supplement

'...Stimulating and impressive. It was high time that it shouldbe translated into English' Douglas Johnson, TheObserver

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

"Combines illuminating generalizations with appealing nuggets offact." Jasper Griffin

A rich portrait of the medieval world which historians willadmire and any general reader can read with enjoyment." TheIndependent

"Le Goff has taken the whole of Western Europe as a temporalsequence and he has asked what are the conceptual schemes whichgive it coherence. It is the structuralist scheme which makes thisbook stimulating and impressive. It was high time that it should betranslated into English." The Observer

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