Medieval Europe (1915) by Davis, William Carless (1874–1928) ◄
Mediaeval Europe (814–1300) (1894) by Emerton, Ephraim (1851–1935)
"The present volume owes its origin to repeated requests, coming from widely scattered and widely different sources, that I would go on with the history of continental Europe from the point where it was left at the close of a little book published in the year 1888. That earlier book, "An Introduction to the Study of the Middle Ages," was written in the hope that it might fill a place, at that time unoccupied, between the manuals of Roman history and those upon mediaeval times. This hope has been fairly realized, and the many kind expressions of good-will it has brought me have given me confidence for this new venture.
When I began the former volume I had in mind a reader of about fifteen years of age ; but this person grew insensibly older as the work progressed, and, in fact, the book has found its chief use in the earlier stages of college teaching. This second book will assume a certain familiarity with the period covered by the former, a period now, happily, to be studied in more than one excellent manual. It has for its subject the period extending from the death of Charlemagne to about the middle of the thirteenth century..." (Preface)
The Story Of The Middle Ages (1912, New Edition, Revised and Enlarged) by Harding, Samuel Bannister (1866–1927)
"The point of view from which this book is written is perhaps sufficiently set forth in the introductory chapter, but it may fittingly call for an additional word in this place. It is, namely, the point of view of one who believes that the child about to undertake the formal study of American history in the seventh and eighth grades of our schools, needs first a preliminary sketch of the history of earlier times,—especially of the Middle Ages,—in order that our own history may appear in its true perspective and setting.
In attempting to make intelligible to children the institutions and events of the Middle Ages, the author is aware of the magnitude of the task which he has essayed. He is, however, firmly of the opinion that the difficulty arises frequently not so much from an inability on the part of the child to grasp the essential ideas underlying medieval relations, as from the lack of a clear understanding of these on the part of the narrator himself, and the need of finding familiar non-technical terms of definition. Whether the difficulty has been entirely surmounted in this work can only be determined by the test of use ; but at least no pains have been spared in the effort.
The interest of the book, no doubt, might have been enhanced had the author wished to give stories, instead of ''the story" of the Middle Ages. Detached episodes, striking figures, romantic tales, exist in plenty to rivet the child's attention and fire his fancy; but it has been no part of the plan of this work to draw attention to particular persons and events at the expense of the whole." (Preface)
The catalogued recording is of the first edition of 1901.
A History Of The Middle Ages (1902) by Munro, Dana Carleton (1866–1933)
"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." (Preface)
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.
The Dark Ages 476-918 (1914, 6th Edition) by Oman, Charles William Chadwick (1860–1946)
"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."
Europe In The Middle Ages (1922) by Plunket, Ierne Lifford (1885–1970) ◄
"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..." (Preface)
Outlines Of Medieval History (1916) by Previté-Orton, Charles William (1877–1947) ◄
"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." (Preface)
Europe In The Middle Age (1920) by Thatcher, Oliver Joseph (1857–1937)
"This volume, the result of the author's experience in teaching general European history in the University of Chicago, is designed as a text-book for the use of freshman and sophomore classes. The period covered extends from A. D. 500 to 1500, and the whole of Europe, together with the Mohammedan countries, is included in the survey, although the space devoted to England and the lesser nationalities is relatively small. Dynastic and territorial matters claim the greater share of attention, but not to the exclusion of the history of institutions and civilization. " (Charles H. Haskins, The American Historical Review, 04/1897)
"THIS book attempts to cover the history of Europe, and of the Mohammedan countries from the fourth century to about 1500. It designed "for the use of the freshman and sophomore classes in the American college." It is adequately supplied with maps and chronological tables, ten of each. Such a volume was needed as a basis for lecture courses. A lecturer feels the need of some book to which he can refer students for a mass of details which ought not to be dictated. In presenting the necessary material this book is, I think, more successful than any previous volume in English. Although we have had some excellent works on this period, notably those by Professor Emerton, no one of them has been satisfactory in just this respect.
The choice of subjects has been wise for the most part, and some of the chapters are excellent. But there are two serious omissions: The history of the Roman Empire at Constantinople, and an account of the pre-Reformation movements. Each of these subjects is touched upon, but that is all. Probably the latter will be discussed in the volume on modern history. But there is no justification now for neglecting the debt we owe to the so-called Byzantine Empire. The division of the chapters by nations causes frequent repetitions." (Dana Carleton Munro, The American Journal Of Theology, 10/1897)
The History Of Medieval Europe (1917, 1st Edition) by Thorndike, Lynn (1882–1965)
"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." (Preface)
⚠ 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.
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