Medieval Europe from 395 to 1270

Medieval Europe from 395 to 1270

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Medieval Europe from 395 to 1270

Medieval Europe from 395 to 1270

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The text-book which is here by permission presented in an English dress is by two of the most distinguished of the modern school of French historians. It is remarkable among text-books on this difficult period for its great simplicity of statement, and for the fulness with which it treats of topics not usually taken up in detail, notably of the medieval church. Of their purpose in the book the authors say in their introduction: "We have attempted to give to this volume a certain unity, not to make a simple chronological enumeration of events, but to group the details around the more important facts--the formation of the feudal system in succession to the Germanic invasions, the development of the Catholic Church, the strife of Christian Europe against the Mussulman Orient, the struggle between the Papacy and the Empire leading to the fall of the German power, the formation of strong monarchies in France and in England. We have in particular given a large place to the rôle and to the history of the Church which dominates all this period, and which has been ordinarily so neglected in our schoolbooks, and have sought to make clear how France obtained in the thirteenth century a sort of political and intellectual hegemony in Europe. We hope those who read will understand what were the great ideas and directive tendencies which determined the historical evolution of the Middle Ages. We have always kept in mind in writing the conclusion to which we were advancing."

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