Later Medieval Europe : From Saint Louis to Luther.

Waley, D.P.

ISBN 10: 0582492629 / ISBN 13: 9780582492622
Verlag: Longman, London, second edition, 1985, 1985
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Laminated wrappers, 8vo, 22 cm, xi, 276 pp, maps. "The aim of this book is to serve as an introduction to the history of Europe between the middle of the thirteenth century and the early part of the sixteenth. I hope to persuade my readers that this is an interesting period, and I have quoted a good deal from contemporary writings, because men's ipsissima verba are surely bound to be more striking and more convincing than the 'secondary' conclusions drawn from them. I have also assumed in my readers diverse intellectual temperaments. Those who are not attracted by past politics may find more interest in past economics, or in religion or art or the history of ideas, and quite substantial sections of the book are devoted to each of these topics. Yet politics remain the staple diet of the historian, and I have taken as my principal subject the growth of the power of the State and the manner in which this is reflected in ideas concerning politics. In treating a series of diverse themes I have tried to keep this main thesis in view. Thus, while the book begins and ends with contrasting chapters on the State and men's notions about it in the thirteenth century and the early sixteenth century, the chapter on the early Renaissance touches on the intensification of civic spirit, while, of the two chapters primarily concerned with religion, the former emphasizes the patriotic element in the Hussite movement and the latter the decisive religious consequences of Germans s uncharacteristic political disintegration." - from the introduction. Name label on front pastedown endpaper, wrappers a little yellowed, otherwise Very Good. Buchnummer des Verkäufers ABE-06099

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Titel: Later Medieval Europe : From Saint Louis to ...

Verlag: Longman, London, second edition, 1985

Erscheinungsdatum: 1985

Einband: Soft cover

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In this well-known intrduction Dr Waley explores the key aspects of the history of later medieval Europe (c1250-1520) and outlines the leading influences of the time. He discusses cultural developments and the history of ideas, as well as political and economic topics. The central theme is the growing power of the state and the effect of this on political ideas

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'Later Medieval Europe' is the classic introduction to this period. "The historian must use his art to explain. This is precisely what Mr Waley does, approaching deliberately from several different angles: political, economic, religious, artistic and intellectual. He quotes contemporary sources in lively translation. Above all he is guided by a central thread, which is the growth of power in the state and the reflection of this in the development of political ideas."The Times Educational Supplement The book opens with a description of monarchies and city states in the thirteenth century, and draws to a close with a contrasting account of political philosophies current at the time of Machiavelli, and how they related to the conditions of the early sixteenth century. From the divine right of kings to the unification of Spain, the account takes in a whole period and an entire continent.  This extensively revised and expanded third edition includes even greater use of contemporary voices, full reading lists, and new chapters on East Central Europe and Portuguese exploration which take the narrative beyond the confines of western Europe.  Daniel Waley is a former Professor of History at the University of London and Keeper of Manuscripts at the British Library.  Peter Denley teaches at Queen Mary, University of London.  

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