Magazine article History Today

The Medieval World

Magazine article History Today

The Medieval World

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The two-volume Medieval Italy: An Encyclopedia, edited by Christopher Kleinhenz and Richard Lansing (Routledge, 205 [pounds sterling]), is the first A-Z reference devoted to this churning nexus of European civilisation, with over 1,000 entries.

In Enrico Dandolo and the Rise of Venice (John Hopkins University Press, 37 [pounds sterling]) Thomas F. Madden examines the life of Venice's most prestigious doge, Enrico Dandolo, and considers his influence on the development of the city state between the 11th and 13th centuries while examining the city's role in European diplomacy.

The final volume in The Visual Culture of Wales series, Peter Lord's Medieval Vision (University of Wales Press, 30 [pounds sterling]), considers how Christianity influenced life, art and belief in Wales from the 5th century to the early 16th century. Lord's work is illustrated with 450 specially commissioned full-colour images.

Sean Davies studies attitudes to war in Wales, looking at Welsh military households, battle tactics and the military in Welsh Military Institutions: c. 633-1283 (University of Wales Press, 35 [pounds sterling]).

In Who Murdered Chaucer? (Methuen, 17.99 [pounds sterling]) Terry Jones stirs up controversy over the nature of the death of England's most celebrated writer of the later Middle Ages.

David Miller presents the controversial Richard I as a thoughtful commander and the only crusader leader of his day who managed to get his army to Palestine without going bankrupt, in Richard the Lionheart: The Mighty Crusader (Weidenfeld & Nicolson, 14.99 [pounds sterling]).

Medieval Cookery (English Heritage, 6.99 [pounds sterling]) is part of the English Heritage's Cooking Through the Ages series and not only looks at taste and etiquette in the Middle Ages but also boasts more than thirty original recipes for modern kitchens.

Eleanor of Aquitaine: Lord and Lady (Palgrave, 40 [pounds sterling]) edited by Bonnie Wheeler and John Carmi Parsons is a collection of essays that set Eleanor's life within a wider context of gender and power relations in the medieval period.

Linda E. Mitchell studies the lives and experiences of noblewomen in Portraits of Medieval Women: Family, Marriage, and Social Relationships in Thirteenth Century England (Palgrave. …

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