The Middle Ages

The Middle Ages In this single indispensable volume one of America s ranking scholars combines a life s work of research and teaching with the art of lively narration Both authoriatative and beautifully told THE MI

  • Title: The Middle Ages
  • Author: Morris Bishop
  • ISBN: 9780618057030
  • Page: 463
  • Format: Paperback
  • In this single indispensable volume, one of America s ranking scholars combines a life s work of research and teaching with the art of lively narration Both authoriatative 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,In this single indispensable volume, one of America s ranking scholars combines a life s work of research and teaching with the art of lively narration Both authoriatative 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 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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    1. Morris Bishop's highly readable survey of The Middle Ages condenses a thousand years of history often dismissed for its darkness, violence, and superstition and incorrectly portrayed as an unfortunate chasm between the glory of ancient times and the Renaissance that drew on a renewed interest in the classics.Bishop's survey, unlike Asimov's histories, covers the period thematically rather than chronologically. For a span of time that includes the Dark Ages when much of what was written was eithe [...]

    2. Do you want to know what happened from about 300 AD to around 1000 or so? Then this book gives you good, solid chapters that make sense.We had it for our Medieval European history course in university, and it was pretty good. I read it a few times in that regard, as you do when you read the same chapter a few times that week.I'd actually like to read this again, because we all know how 'in one ear and out the other' college books can be.

    3. I really enjoyed this book, I thought it was well organised. The first couple of chapters are dedicated to the main historical events, divided into early period and high/late middle ages. The following chapters are dedicated to specific topics: the hierarchical structure of feudal society, war, chivalry, religion, trade, education, literature, drama, sciences and the arts. This book may not appeal to serious scholars (it is lacking even the basic references to sources, no notes are provided, etc [...]

    4. 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.

    5. Before buying this book, set your expectation straight: it isn't an event-driven history book with details about every war and political change. It's about life and the state of the art throughout the middle ages. Historical events are included only if they help making the point.Knowing that it is an old book, I find it surprising readable. Granted, I need to look up the dictionary every now and then (English is my second language and I am not a liberal arts major), but the narrative is fluent a [...]

    6. If you are even remotely interested in the Middle Ages, this book is quite the find. Bishop's writing is clear, accessible, detailed and very funny. A solid primer on a strange age

    7. easily readable, but completely lacking footnotes/references/bibliography, even for the most simple of things like a king's birth date. Where he uses quotations, he notes the person who (supposedly?) made the statement, but not where he actually found the citation. good for a beginner book or a pleasure read, but i could never recommend using this as a reference for anything serious; it would rank, at absolute best, as a tertiary source. given 3 stars because it is an enjoyable read, if one is l [...]

    8. Why do I rate a dry history book so high? Because it’s not dry at all it’s very interesting and engaging. Don’t be surprised if you find yourself talking about its details with friends and family. This book exemplifies Bill Cosby’s cartoon admonition if you’re not careful you might learn something.

    9. _The Middle Ages_ by Morris Bishop is an enjoyable and witty overview of the history, culture, and society of Medieval Europe. The first chapter, "The Long Dark," looks at the beginning of the medieval period, the author arguing that the Middle Ages should be seen as both a continuation of the language, institutions, and artistry of not only old Rome but also of cultures independent of it, such as that of the Franks and Saxons and a formation, the beginning of our modern world, the end of pagan [...]

    10. "It's All left to the imagination."I really enjoyed the audiobook for the most part. It was very interesting to hear about what life was like for various types of people in the middle ages rather then endless names of kings and battles and dates. The big problem I had with this audiobook was that the later chapters talked a lot about art and architecture. It would have been very helpful to have have a pdf guidebook with PICTURES and illustrations. I even purchased the kindle ebook in hopes of ge [...]

    11. This is a good brief overview of history and culture of the middle ages. It shows that this was by no means a stagnant period of European history. The book would be much more useful if it included a bibliography and a reference list. I expect this omission is the publisher's fault, not the author's. There is no excuse for omitting these scholarly additions to an e-book, where the additional pages would cost virtually nothing. The book has no maps or illustrations. The chapter on medieval art pro [...]

    12. Very interesting content but reads a bit like a textbook. Covers a wide swath. Basically all of Europe for hundreds of years. What various classes of people ate (diet), did for work (occupations), wore (fashion), learned (education), lived (living conditions, community, social), how they entertained themselves (art & sport), etc. Not to mention government (Feudalism, etc.), war, religion and so on. A very ambitious topic in just over 250 pages.

    13. Good overview of the period.I did not like the way this book was organized. The book covers large topics (knights, art, thought) and then bounces around over 500 years and multiple countries on that topic. The result is some amusing anecdotes (and I certainly learned some things), but this approach made the book a good cure for insomnia.

    14. Can one cover well all of 1000 years of history of Western Europe in a single reasonably sized book? Of course not, but Bishop has written an excellent summary of it with broad coverage of topics and lots of interesting detail. Well worth reading, particularly if one, like me, previously had only a casual knowledge of parts of the period.

    15. This is a great overview of a period which has gotten a bit of a bad rap (The Dark Ages, The Plague). Bishop shows that it was a time of great advancement and positive change as well. His description of the feudal way of life, knighthood and the role of the Church are especially fascinating.

    16. great readvery informative. Tells the good, the bad and the ugly. Loved that the author was honest and didn't make it sound like a magical time.

    17. The problem with reading books about similar topics in short succession is that you end up comparing them whether you want to or not. In comparison with the previous books on a similar topic I've read I have to admit I found this one less engaging, more anecdotal and harder to follow. I accept that the fault might (like always) lay in me instead.

    18. I picked up The Middle Ages by Morris Bishop after reading Juliet Barker's Agincourt and Conquest. I was looking for a general history of Medieval Europe and it seemed to fit the bill. It turned out that this book wasn't exactly what I thought it was but it was exactly what I needed.The Middle Ages is not a chronological history of the Middle Ages. It doesn't tell what happened when; it doesn't list Kings and nobles or follow the various wars and campaigns of Medieval Europe. Instead it tells th [...]

    19. 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 Empir [...]

    20. Bishop's book is a good tertiary source on the middle ages but I would classify it as a commentary rather than a history. The narrative is lively and Bishop's wit makes it an enjoyable read. It would perhaps be a good "first book" for anyone interested in the Middle Ages. However, there are several weaknesses, some of which have been mentioned by other reviewers that make it a less than reliable. The lack of footnotes, endnotes, and bibliography is something that would not be tolerated from a hi [...]

    21. I don't want to say this book was totally unhelpful, but I didn't find it as informative as I'd hoped. The reviews I'd read on and elsewhere basically said, "It's very general, but if you know nothing about the Middle Ages, then it's a good intro!" Well, let me tell you: I know nothing about the Middle Ages, and but this book was REALLY general, and I could have used a little more information. That mostly comes in the form of examples; Morris would make vast generalizations without telling you [...]

    22. Morris Bishop's survey of the Middle Ages is a great pleasure to read. Opening chronological chapters get through the key events briefly (the first chapter startlingly so) and the book then settles into its main business, descriptive chapters on social and cultural history, from the institutions of chivalry to the rise of towns, the life of nobleman and peasant and so on. It offers very handy summaries of philosophy, literature, art and architecture, the Black Death and plenty more. General poin [...]

    23. Morris Bishop's work on the Middle Ages briefly gives a chronological overview of the period before breaking out different aspects of society and culture into individual chapters. Although perhaps a slower read than it appears at first glance due to the fairly heavy dosage of archaic English verbiage used throughout the book, this work offers a good overview of this historical time period while allowing the reader to pick and choose which aspects they want to learn about in more detail.I didn't [...]

    24. This book gives a very solid overview of the Middle Ages, however that serves as its biggest weakness as well. Because it is so general, it left me wanting to learn more about specific topics. In addition, it was difficult to keep track of of the key moments and figures of the time period because it was such a broad span of time. Lastly, again due to the generality of the book, often it felt like merely a stream of consciousness delivered by Morris, rather than a well-organized description or na [...]

    25. This book offers a good overview of the Middle Ages without being simplistic or reductive. Captures the contradictions of the Middle Ages-- a time contradictory enough to serve as an inspiration for both hippies and fundamentalists. St. Francis talked to animals, loved the sound of the lute, and embraced nature as whole-heartedly as a Deadhead on acid. Yet, had St. Francis believed any number of minor deviations from orthodoxy, he would have been tortured and killed in ways Wes Craven couldn't e [...]

    26. An easy to read detailed summary of the 1000 years between the fall of Rome and the fall of Constantinople or the end of the Roman Empire and the beginning of the Renaissance.Each chapter covers a different segment - religion, art and music, military, development of towns, feudalism and the manor system etc. If the Middle Ages are not your bag but you still want to know enough about it to slot things into place, this is the book for you.The book does tend to concentrate on the last 500 to 300 ye [...]

    27. Not exactly a page-turner, but that's not what you'd expect. The author does a pretty good job of covering a very large tract of history (half a millennium) of a significant part of the world (Europe). Quite a tall order. Some interesting facts, some of which other reviewers have disputed. What I found particularly odd were the credits at the end - all sorts of academic hangers-on from the author's institution wanting a look-in. I've heard jokes about the political machinations of history depart [...]

    28. It was definitely a good solid primer on the Middle Ages. It didn't go into great detail about anything, but it did hit various topics such as royalty, nobility, merchant class, clergy, peasants, art, architecture, and intellectual movements. The book gets 3 stars because it took me over a week to read it, and I kept falling asleep. It wasn't a bad book, and all that, but didn't catch my interest like I expected.

    29. A really great overview of the middle ages. Read mostly like a fiction with interesting anecdotes and stories along the way. Definitely not the best for people who want a really detailed account of the time period, but for covering basically the 700s-1400s it had a lot of great knowledge. It broke down what life would be like in the middle ages by group: Noble, peasant, town-dweller, clergy, etc. Very readable.

    30. I've noted a few places where the scholarship seems very out of date, but in general I agree with his take of the middle ages and I can appreciate his love of literary figures and his attempt to assert some additional centrality of Petrarch to the medieval mentality. In general, he gave an excellent idea of the essence of the middle ages, and did well to dispel the myth of the dark ages having been truly dark.

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