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The Middle Ages : a concise encyclopaedia
Loyn, H. R. (Henry Royston)
Publication Information:
New York, N.Y. : Thames and Hudson, 1989.
Physical Description:
352 pages : illustrations ; 26 cm
General Note:
With 250 illustrations.
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CB351 .M565 1989 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks-Non circulating

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Nearly one thousand entries covering medieval history from the fifth century the beginning of the Renaissance describe the people, events, and ideas of t Middle Ages.

Reviews 2

Library Journal Review

Dictionaries and encyclopedias on this era proliferate. This volume aims ``to provide both the beginner and the specialist with a single volume that presents a summary of current thought on the key protagonists, events and themes'' in European history from c.400 to c.1500. The beginner will find about 1000 useful entries, strong on England and France, weak on Spain, Central and Eastern Europe; able on political but weak on social history (e.g., no entry on the family or on marriage). The brief bibliographical entries are very dated, showing scant familiarity with the huge recent American, German, and French scholarship. The illustrations are imaginatively selected but poorly captioned. Serious students should consult the 12-volume Dictionary of the Middle Ages ( LJ 2/1/83) . For others, Joseph Dahmus's Dictionary of Medieval Civilization ( LJ 10/1/84) should suffice.-- Bennett D. Hill, Georgetown Univ., Washington, D.C. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Choice Review

Reference tools for the Middle Ages range in quality from the monumental Dictionary of the Middle Ages (CH, Nov '89, Feb '89) to Colin Platt's useless Atlas of Medieval Man (CH, Sep '80). This volume falls between, being a useful compilation of brief entries on ideas, events, persons, places, and things prepared by a group of reputable scholars. Many of the entries in this alphabetical list include references for further reading. Almost all are accurate and useful, despite the ungrammatical heading for Baldus de Obaldus (!) and the listing of the Corpus Iuris Civilis as the Code of Justinian, only one part of the whole. The coverage is impressive, giving due attention to all of Europe and the Middle East, to all phases of economic, social, political, intellectual, and spiritual life. Even such matters as famine receive their proper place. Only the coverage of the English mystics can be described as nearly nonexistent. More maps and a topical index might have been provided, but these are available elsewhere. Recommended for all libraries. -T. M. Izbicki, Wichita State University