A Medieval Miscellany

A Medieval Miscellany This fascinating anthology is in essence the Middle Ages speaking for itself Just a glance at the table of contents will prove that for it contains excerpts from medieval literature on different

  • Title: A Medieval Miscellany
  • Author: Judith Herrin
  • ISBN: 9780670893775
  • Page: 225
  • Format: Hardcover
  • This fascinating anthology is in essence the Middle Ages speaking for itself Just a glance at the table of contents will prove that, for it contains excerpts from medieval literature on 138 different subjects, such as A Warning Against Wine , A Portent of Death , A Miraculous Icon , A Byzantine Emperor Abroad , Rape , Dangerous Games , Calculating the Date of EasteThis fascinating anthology is in essence the Middle Ages speaking for itself Just a glance at the table of contents will prove that, for it contains excerpts from medieval literature on 138 different subjects, such as A Warning Against Wine , A Portent of Death , A Miraculous Icon , A Byzantine Emperor Abroad , Rape , Dangerous Games , Calculating the Date of Easter , and so much All this is made even important by the copious color illustrations, all of which have been reproduced from medieval manuscripts It is a gorgeous sampling of medieval art and life.

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    1. Beautiful and satisfying, especially if you want short excerpts rather than to read a complete text. You won't get a complete picture of the medieval mind or world view - this reading is far too light for that. But you'll certainly get a taste of it. I especially appreciate that the book isn't all from the perspective of Christians - there are plenty of Jewish and Islamic writings and art here as well.

    2. A very pretty book, filled with brief excerpts from period texts (suitably translated) and a dazzling array of period artwork from Ireland to the Byzantine Empire. On the other hand, this book is in no wise in depth; even with the illustrations taking up 25-50% of each page, no selection is more than 1-2 pages. Essentially a Medieval coffee table book, but well done for all that.

    3. This was a beautifully produced book. The brilliantly colored illuminations were printed on thick, creamy paper. The illustrations chosen were charming and unique. The text was quite varied and interesting. I liked how it was organized, from summer to winter; birth to death. It was like seeing glimpses of the Middle Ages through the window of a train speeding through time.

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