From the departure of the Roman legions, to the conflict of Bosworth and the increase of the Tudors, the area of medieval England was once one in every of profound range and alter. Now, in The Oxford Illustrated historical past of Medieval England, readers have an authoritative and stimulating assessment of this pivotal interval in British background. Lavishly illustrated with over 100 pictures--including twenty-four pages of colour plates--this beautiful quantity brings jointly major students who light up the heritage and tradition of medieval England.
The booklet brims with details at the social, cultural, and spiritual lifetime of the interval, overlaying subject matters as various because the nature of nationwide identification, the nature of city lifestyles, the nice artworks and structure, the main points of spiritual perform, and the improvement of a vernacular literature. the center of the booklet explores the most political alterations within the time-span starting from the Anglo-Saxon interval, to the guideline of the Normans and Angevins, to the overdue heart a while. the following we see the increase of a united polity and fast institutional progress, in a time while conflict was once of basic significance in either stimulating swap and shaping nationwide id. In monetary phrases, the age was once characterised through lengthy, and swift, inhabitants progress through serious contraction, sparked by means of the famines of 1315-17 and the Black demise. A final result of the steep fall in inhabitants, even though, was once a better consistent with capita intake: the luxurious church buildings and high quality vernacular structure of the interval endure witness to the wealth and diversity of lay patronage.
The heart a long time have constantly held a different fascination for readers of historical past and this awesome quantity bargains a gold mine of data at the interval. With various illustrations, kinfolk timber, a chronology, courses to additional analyzing, and a whole index, this can be an imperative consultant to England within the heart ages.
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