Medieval History (8 Titles) [History]

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Post by LectorRecitator » June 30th, 2019, 5:37 am

01) Medieval Europe (1915) by Davis, William Carless (1874–1928) / Williams and Norgate

ℹ️ A study examining the history of Europe from the fall of the Western Roman Empire to the Crusades.

https://archive.org/details/medievaleurope00davi/page/n5
http://www.gutenberg.org/ebooks/6369

02) Mediaeval Europe (814–1300) (1894) by Emerton, Ephraim (1851–1935) / Ginn and Company

ℹ️ A study examining European history from Charlemagne's death to about the middle of the thirteenth century.

(1903): https://archive.org/details/cu31924027795859/page/n4
(1922): https://archive.org/details/mediaevaleurope800emer_0/page/n5

03) A History Of The Middle Ages (1902) by Munro, Dana Carleton (1866–1933) / D. Appleton and Company

ℹ️ "In this text-book three subjects have been emphasized: first, the work of the Christian Church, the greatest of the civilizing agencies ; second, the debt which we owe to the Byzantine and Arabic civilizations ; third, the life of the times. While endeavoring to subordinate mere facts and dates, I have intended to introduce those with which a pupil should be familiar." (From Preface)

https://archive.org/details/cu31924027796147/page/n7
https://archive.org/details/historyofmiddlea00mun/page/n7

Munro also published in 1921 a study titled The Middle Ages 395-1500, which was subsequently revised numerous times, the last edition being published in 1970.

04) The Dark Ages 476-918 (1914, 6th Edition) by Oman, Charles William Chadwick (1860–1946) / Rivington's

ℹ️ "In spite of the very modest scale on which this book has been written, I trust that it may be of some use to students of European History. Though there are several excellent monographs. in existence dealing with various sections of the period 476-918, there is no continuous general sketch in English which covers the whole of it Gibbon’s immortal work is popularly supposed to do so, but those who have read it most carefully are best aware that it does not I am not acquainted with any modern English book where the inquirer can find an account of the Visigoths of Spain, or of the Mohammedan invasions of Italy and Sicily in the ninth century, or of several other not unimportant chapters in the early history of Europe. I am in hopes, therefore, that my attempt to cover the whole field between 476 and 918 may not be entirely useless to the reading public."
(From Author's Preface)

https://archive.org/details/in.ernet.dli.2015.81645/page/n9
https://archive.org/details/in.ernet.dli.2015.80850/page/n5
https://archive.org/details/in.ernet.dli.2015.86389/page/n9

05) Europe In The Middle Ages (1922) by Plunket, Ierne Lifford (1885–1970) / Oxford University Press

ℹ️ "It has been my object not so much to supply students with facts as to make Mediaeval Europe live, for the many who, knowing nothing of her history, would like to know a little, in the lives of her principal heroes and villains, as well as in the tendencies of her classes, and in the beliefs and prejudices of her thinkers. This task I have found even more difficult than I had expected, for limits of space have insisted on the omission of many events and names I would have wished to include. These I have sacrificed to the hope of creating reality and arousing interest..." (From Preface)

https://archive.org/details/europeinmiddleag00plun/page/n5
http://www.gutenberg.org/ebooks/54334

06) Outlines Of Medieval History (1916) by Previté-Orton, Charles William (1877–1947) / Cambridge University Press

ℹ️ "IN writing an outline of European history, much of the labour of the writer must be employed in brevity of statement and in rigorous selection of matter, in omissions of what is interesting in itself and valuable for the science of humanity. In the choice of events to narrate I have been guided by their far-off results, rather than by their immediate eclat in their own time, and have tried to indicate how in the Middle Ages were accomplished the growth of modern man and the life and attitude to life of modern times. A sketch, too, must of necessity be sketchy, on the one side positive and over-clear where discreet shadows should be infused in a larger picture, on the other summary where the complexities of character or institution deserve a minuter etching. I trust, however, that the story has not wholly lost the interest of its theme, of the human strivings and the wild but purposeful convulsions by which modern Europe was made." (From Preface)

https://archive.org/details/cu31924027796253/page/n6
https://archive.org/details/outlinesofmedie00prev/page/n6

07) Europe In The Middle Age (1920) by Thatcher, Oliver Joseph (1857–1937) / Charles Scribner's Sons

ℹ️ A study examining European history from the fall of the roman empire to the fifteenth century.

https://archive.org/details/cu31924087975201/page/n5

08) The History Of Medieval Europe (1917, 1st Edition) by Thorndike, Lynn (1882–1965) / Houghton Mifflin Company

ℹ️ "This book aims to trace the development of Europe and its civilization, from the decline of the Roman Empire to the opening of the sixteenth century, for the benefit of the college student and the general reader. It is almost needless to say that such a work makes little claim to originality in method and still less in subject-matter, which it has shamelessly borrowed from numerous sources. Indeed, in a book of this sort it is more fitting to apologize for anything new that one says than for following in old and beaten tracks. The author, of course, hopes that without making too radical departures he has introduced some improvement in selection and presentation of material, and that he has made few mistakes of fact and interpretation." (From Preface)

https://archive.org/details/cu31924008914230/page/n10
https://archive.org/details/historyofmedieva00thor/page/n11

⚠ 2nd edition was published in 1928, a copy of which is available in archive.org—it will be in the PD by 2024. 3d edition was published in 1946.
«ὁ δὲ ἀνεξέταστος βίος οὐ βιωτὸς ἀνθρώπῳ»/"the unexamined life is not worth living"

(Plato, Apology: 38a. Translated by H. N. Fowler)

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