The Middle Ages

The Middle Ages

by Morris Bishop

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In this indispensable volume, one of America's ranking scholars combines a life's work of research and teaching with the art of lively narration. Both authoritative and beautifully told, The Middle Ages is the full story of the thousand years between the fall of Rome and the Renaissance - a time that saw the rise of kings and emperors, the flowering of knighthood, the development of Europe, the increasing power of the Catholic Church, and the advent of the middle class. With exceptional grace and wit, Morris Bishop vividly reconstructs this distinctive era of European history in a work that will inform and delight scholars and general readers alike.

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BN ID: 2940151098632
Publisher: New Word City, Inc.
Publication date: 09/25/2015
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Sales rank: 25,963
File size: 4 MB

About the Author

Morris Bishop taught at Cornell University and was a frequent contributor to American Heritage. His books include Champlain, The Exotics, and The Middle Ages.

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The Middle Ages 3.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 8 reviews.
BrianIndianFan More than 1 year ago
The Middle Ages are often referred to ask "The Dark Ages" - the period of time between the fall of the Western Roman Empire in 476 to the Renaissance in the 14th century. Most casual observers of history consider this to be a period of utter backwardness of European civilization. While it is true that the course of civilization suffered a setback after Romulus Augustulus was deposed by Odoacer, it is absolutely untrue to say that mankind when into a period of debased living. The East Roman Empire continued to thrive while changes were being made to western civilization that are still being felt today. Morris Bishop has taken a non-linear approach to his telling of the Middle Ages. Those who have read my reviews in the past have found I favor the story-telling approach to history to be more easily understood by the layman and provides the ability to tie in other elements taking place coincidentally in order to provide context and motivations for history's players. Bishop takes various topics, such as "The Artists' Legacy" "The Life of Labor" and "The Noble's Life" and presents them chronologically within their own topic. This allows the reader to devote themselves wholly to understanding the progress of civilization without being confused by other facets of society taking place. Characters from each of these topics are given their time on the proverbial stage and allowed to shine, whether in fame or infamy. In this way, the reader can find and remember the characters for deeper study. Keep in mind, this is not a history book and is not a scholarly tome. There are no footnotes to back up the author's statements; indeed, this is more story telling than history lesson. However, in my opinion, the reader would have been better served by having the historians remarks Bishop quotes be footnoted in order for others to verify the veracity of their statements. Bishop's extensive vocabulary serves as a detriment. I counted almost 60 words I had to look up on my nook for definitions which is an unusually high number for me. The author sometimes uses a $5 dollar word where a 2 bit one will do. Between this and the lack of attribution for the quotes of others I consider enough of a annoyance that I take a full star demerit from the book. BOTTOM LINE: A decent primer for those who want to get their feet wet in Middle Age history.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Good book with great details and great insights into the evolution of western culture. My one draw back with the time element which at times seemed to move backwards and forwards, at times capriciously. None the less very instructive and full of great information
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
An enormous amount of history and information in a single book
Mahuenga More than 1 year ago
ben_h on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Like your British grandfather telling stories by the fire. There are no notes or references, so who knows how accurate this is, but Bishop's a good storyteller.
ck2935 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
A nice conscise history of the Middle Ages. The book covers chivalry, religion, philosophy, society, etc.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book was so poorly and disjointedly written I am shocked that it was published. I gave it two stars only because I learned the origin of a few modern English phrases. Don't bother.