• Title: What is Medieval History?
  • Author: John H. Arnold
  • ISBN: 9780745639338
  • Page: 146
  • Format: Paperback
  • What is Medieval History What is it that medieval historians do And how and why do they do it What is Medieval History provides an accessible far ranging and passionate guide to the study of medieval history The book discuss
    What is it that medieval historians do And how and why do they do it What is Medieval History provides an accessible, far ranging and passionate guide to the study of medieval history The book discusses the creation of the academic field, the nature of the sources, the intellectual tools used by medievalists, and some key areas of thematic importance from the fallWhat is it that medieval historians do And how and why do they do it What is Medieval History provides an accessible, far ranging and passionate guide to the study of medieval history The book discusses the creation of the academic field, the nature of the sources, the intellectual tools used by medievalists, and some key areas of thematic importance from the fall of the Roman Empire to the Reformation Students, teachers, researchers and interested general readers will find the book an invaluable guide The author explores his field through numerous fascinating case studies, including a magical plot against a medieval pope, a fourteenth century insurrection, and the importance of a kiss exchanged between two tenth century noblemen Throughout the book, readers are shown not only what medieval history is, but the cultural and political contexts in which medieval history has been written And, above all, What is Medieval History demonstrates why the pursuit of medieval history continues to be important to the present and future world.

    One Reply to “What is Medieval History?”

    1. This is a delightful, no-nonsense conversation about, oddly enough, what medieval history is. Arnold's voice is incredibly conversational, easy to understand, and funny, which is a delight in any book, especially scholarly ones. Each chapter starts with a little vignette of some sort that he continues as an illustration of his point, which makes all of the chapters really easy to follow. And the last chapter, his justification of being a medievalist, is so good I'm going to retype some of it for [...]

    2. This is an engaging and very useful book. It's thoughtful and passionate assessment of what medieval history as a field does, both methodologically and socially. Arnold's treatment of primary and secondary sources is thoughtful and lucid; I could easily imagine using this in an upper-level undergraduate class, or as first-week reading in an introductory graduate seminar. Arnold begins by questioning what we (imagined as a general public) think we know about the Middle Ages and how the Middle Age [...]

    3. This is not a book about the history of the Middle Ages, but on how can contenporary historians get a glimpse of that age. It shows how our knowledge of the Middle Age is sometimes biased by current political and social ideas, and how the very idea of a "middle time" between ages has been constructed by different generations of historians. Splendid.

    4. A warm and engaging introduction to the current interdisciplinary methods that are shaping and extending the way in which historians are uncovering the intricacies of the period from 500-1500. Arnold's passion for his subject shines through in every sentence and it's impossible not to swept up in his enthusiasm - with academics like this at the forefront, the future of Medieval Studies is looking good.

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