The medieval world An illustrated atlas

Book - 2009

This comprehensive historical atlas concentrates on the Mediterranean world but also shows what happened across the globe between A.D. 400 and 1500--from the fall of Rome to the age of discovery. Sumptuously illustrated, it features period works of art, fascinating maps, quotes from medieval figures, close-ups of intriguing artifacts, and rich landscape photographs. For every century, a signature city is spotlighted to represent that era's developments, and time lines connect the many dramatic events that took place in these dark and exciting times.

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Washington, D.C. : National Geographic 2009.
Corporate Author
National Geographic Society (U.S.)
Corporate Author
National Geographic Society (U.S.) (-)
Other Authors
John M. (John Milliken) Thompson, 1959- (-)
Item Description
Includes index.
Physical Description
383 p. : ill. (chiefly col.), col. maps ; 29 cm
  • The medieval worldview : 400-1500
  • The end of an empire : 400-500
  • The post-Roman landscape : 500-600
  • A new world religion : 600-700
  • Charlemagne's century : 700-800
  • A world divided : 800-900
  • The millennium approaches : 900-1000
  • Postmillenial changes : 1000-1100
  • Cultures clash : 1100-1200
  • The rise of commerce : 1200-1300
  • Out of the ashes : 1300-1400
  • The dawn of a new age : 1400-1500.
Review by Choice Review

This beautifully produced book contains a general survey of the political and intellectual history of western Europe, accompanied by numerous illustrations. Little account is taken of scholarship in the field in the past 20 years, and almost no space is given to social or economic history. The many pictures in vivid color suffer from brief, uninformative captions and are not integrated into the text. Often, the date and origin of the image can be found only by consulting the tiny print of the picture credits in the back. The biggest disappointment is the maps, which are small and sketchy, showing mostly political borders and no topographical features. National Geographic surely has better maps than these. The book fails to discuss the subject of geography and how it influences history. There are a number of beautiful images of medieval maps, but virtually no explanation of them. Special features include a full treatment of some female characters and, for each century, an essay on a chosen city and a world map illustrated with an object chosen from each of several non-European cultures. Summing Up: Optional. Keep it on the coffee table. E. Edson emerita, Piedmont Virginia Community College

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