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The New Cambridge Medieval History: Volume 1, c.500-c.700 Hardcover – EveryBook, January 9, 2006

ISBN-13: 978-0521362917 ISBN-10: 0521362911 Edition: First Printing

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  • Series: The New Cambridge Medieval History (Book 1)
  • Hardcover: 1000 pages
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press; First Printing edition (January 9, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0521362911
  • ISBN-13: 978-0521362917
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 2.2 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,702,761 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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'The New Cambridge Medieval History is complete. ... Paul Fouracre has provided a worthy addition to this prestigious series. ... the volume includes excellent surveys of Scandinavian history by Lotte Hedeager, Slavic history by Zbigniew Kobylinski and numerous essays on the British Isles. ... coverage of early medieval European history is thorough and balanced. ... especial praise must be given to the excellent summary of 'The barbarian invasions' by Guy Halsall - sure to become indispensable to a new generation of undergraduates - to Simon Loseby's stimulating account of 'The Mediterranean economy' and, perhaps most strikingly, to Michael Toch's discussion of 'The Jews in Europe, 500-1050', which takes the reader beyond the chronological confines of the volume as a whole, but with richly rewarding results. ... the contributions are all fluidly written, stimulating and a pleasure to read. The comprehensive index and useful thematic bibliographies further ensure that this volume will be an essential reference tool for years to come.' Journal of Ecclesiastical History

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This volume offers a comprehensive survey of the sixth and seventh centuries, from Ireland in the west to the rise of Islam in the Middle East, from Scandinavia in the north to the Mediterranean south. Accessible and authoritative, this is the definitive reference work on the history of this period.

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27 of 27 people found the following review helpful By S. M. Guzman on July 24, 2008
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Surely few books are as daunting to the would-be reader as the Cambridge histories (and there are plenty of them, including Medieval, Ancient, Chinese, History of Christianity, of Judaism, etc.) The sheer size of the works is scary ... at first.

The intrepid reader, however, soon discovers that these huge studies are actually easier to absorb than it might seem at first glance. The main reason is that they are structured as a sequence of short essays (15-35 pages each) on individual topics or geographical regions of the period being surveyed. Each essay is written by a different author (though a few appear more than once) and it is perfectly feasible to read just one chapter a day and develop a good understanding of the topic being discussed. The whole Medieval History can thus be read over a couple of years at a very leisurely pace.

The style is inevitably academic, and the work is hardly a thriller. Still, the wording is usually elegant, the prose is smooth, and the books flows agreeably enough. In my view, the only chapters that are somewhat indigestible are those dealing with the very earliest periods of each region, because the discussions inevitably revolve around archaeological remains and there is hardly any narrative at all. This is a shame, because those are exactly the chapters that readers first stumble across (if they read the works in chronological order), so I would discourage such an approach, at least for the Ancient History. In the Medieval History, however, there is no such problem. Even in volume 1 the reader is thrown straight into the action, at the point where the Romans are slowly being replaced in Europe by Goths, Franks, Saxons, etc. The story is engrossing (if you like the middle ages).

In terms of content, the work is truly authoritative.
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