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The Crusades: The Authoritative History of the War for the Holy Land

by Thomas Asbridge

From a renowned historian who writes with "maximum vividness" (The New Yorker) comes the most authoritative, readable single-volume history of the brutal struggle for the Holy Land.

Nine hundred years ago, a...


Becoming Charlemagne

by Jeff Sypeck

On Christmas morning in the year 800, Pope Leo III placed the crown of imperial Rome on the brow of a Germanic king named Karl. With one gesture, the man later hailed as Charlemagne claimed his empire and forever...


The Great Mortality

by John Kelly

La moria grandissima began its terrible journey across the European and Asian continents in 1347, leaving unimaginable devastation in its wake. Five years later, twenty-five million people were dead, felled...


The Plantagenets: The Kings That Made Britain

by Derek Wilson

Plantagenet is the name given to the English royal house descended from the union of Queen Matilda of England and her second husband Geoffrey of Anjou. The name derived from Geoffrey's nickname, which came from...


Chaucer's Tale: 1386 and the Road to Canterbury

by Paul Strohm

A lively microbiography of Chaucer that tells the story of the tumultuous year that led to the creation of The Canterbury Tales

In 1386, Geoffrey Chaucer endured his worst year, but began his best poem. The father...


In the Wake of the Plague: The Black Death and the World It Made

by Norman F. Cantor

Much of what we know about the greatest medical disaster ever, the Black Plague of the fourteenth century, is wrong. The details of the Plague etched in the minds of terrified schoolchildren -- the hideous black...


Agincourt: My Family, the Battle and the Fight for France

by Ranulph Fiennes

600 years after the Battle of Agincourt, Sir Ranulph Fiennes casts new light on this epic event that has resonated throughout British and French history. On 25th October 1415, on a French hillside near the village...


Infidel Kings and Unholy Warriors

by Brian A. Catlos

An in-depth portrait of the Crusades-era Mediterranean world, and a new understanding of the forces that shaped it

In Infidel Kings and Unholy Warriors, the award-winning scholar Brian Catlos puts us on the ground...


The Samurai: Swords, Shoguns and Seppuku

by Ben Hubbard

The true nature of the samurai warrior is an elusive and endlessly fascinating enigma for those in the west. From their inauspicious beginnings as barbarian-subduing soldiers, the samurai lived according to...


Forces of the Hanseatic League: 13th-15th Centuries

by David Nicolle & Gerry Embleton

The famous but largely unchronicled Hanseatic League (or simple "the Hanse/Hansa") was a Tuetonic German commercial and defensive federation of merchant guilds based in harbor towns along the North Sea and Baltic...


The Knight Who Saved England: William Marshal and the French Invasion, 1217

by Richard Brooks

This is the fascinating story William Marshal who negotiated the brutal realities of medieval warfare and the conflicting demands of chivalric ideals, and who against the odds defeated the joint French and...


Crop Protection in Medieval Agriculture: Studies in pre-modern organic agriculture

by Jan C. Zadoks

Mediterranean and West European pre-modern agriculture (agriculture before 1600) was by necessity 'organic agriculture'. Crop protection is part and parcel of this agriculture, with weed control in the forefront....


Blood Royal: A True Tale of Crime and Detection in Medieval Paris

by Eric Jager

A riveting true story of murder and detection in 15th-century Paris, by one of the most brilliant medievalists of his generation.

On a chilly November night in 1407, Louis of Orleans was murdered by a band of...


Meyrick's Medieval Knights and Armour

by Samuel Rush Meyrick

Highlights from a magnificent three-volume survey of 9th- to 15th-century arms and armor feature 71 full-color and 7 black-and-white engravings in a panorama of paladins and their weapons.


The Forgotten Battle of 1066, Fulford

by Charles Jones

A history of the forgotten third battle of 1066, the battlefield of which until recently remained undiscovered. Three weeks and three days before the epic clash at Hastings in 1066 between Harold II and William...


Life and Work in Medieval Europe

by P. Boissonade

Erudite yet readable work traces the economic evolution of Europe from 5th to 15th century. Focusing on working people, it covers breakup of feudal estates, development of small craft and large capitalist industries,...


The Medieval Village

by G. G. Coulton

Exceptionally well-documented vivid study of serfdom, manorial customs, abbeys, village discipline, peasant revolts, justice, religious education, tithing, much more. Illustrated. "...a remarkable book..."—...


Religious Art in France of the Thirteenth Century

by Emile Mâle

Classic by noted art historian focuses on French cathedrals of the 13th century as apotheosis of medieval style. Iconography, bestiaries, illustrated calendars, gospels, secular history, many other aspects....


Jewish Life in the Middle Ages

by Israel Abrahams

Topics include social functions of the synagogue, communal organizations, love, courtship and marriage, monogamy and home life, trades and occupations, medieval pastimes and personal relations between Christians...


Renaissance and Medieval Costume

by Camille Bonnard

This illustrated study displays a detailed gallery of costumes worn in the 11th through the 15th centuries. The 120 full-color plates exhibit apparel worn by nobility, knights, soldiers, the bourgeois, ecclesiastics,...