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Medieval France: An Encyclopedia (William W Kibler) Hardcover Book, (Routledge, 1995) 9780824044442


Title: Medieval France: An Encyclopedia

Author: Kibler, William W

Additional Authors or Contributors: G A Zinn, J Henneman, L Earp (eds)

Publisher: Routledge/Taylor & Francis; Publication Date: 1995

Hardcover; ISBN: 9780824044442

Volumes: 1; Pages: 1080

List Price in Hardcover: $295.00 Our price: $295.00

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The first single-volume reference work on the history and culture of medieval France, this information-filled Encyclopedia of over 2,400 entries covers the political, intellectual, literary, and musical history of the country from the early fifth century to the late 15th. The shorter entries offer succinct summaries of the lives of individuals, events, works, cities, monuments, and other important subjects, followed by essential bibliographies. Longer essay-length articles provide interpretive comments about significant institutions and important periods or events. The Encyclopedia is thoroughly cross-referenced and includes a generous selection of illustrations, maps, charts, and genealogies

Major Features: Over 2,400 entries on musical, intellectual, literary, and political history; Coverage from the first through 15th centuries; Concise entries on people, events, works, sites, and monuments; Longer essays on important institutions, themes, and events; Over 200 photographs and 45 drawings illustrate the information presented; Some 14 charts and 16 detailed maps add depth to the coverage; Extensive coverage of music-some 75,000 words

The Encyclopedia is especially strong in its coverage of: Economic Issues: taxation, agriculture, women in trade, banking and money lending, merchants; Women: Marie de France, Eleanor of Aquitaine, Jeanne d'Arc, Christine de Pizan, Heloise; Art: Gothic art and architecture, ivories, Romanesque art, stained glass, tapestry; Music: Isorhythmic motet, musical instruments, cyclic mass, vidas and razos, refrain, Latin and vernacular hymns; Religion: Benedictine Order, eucharistic veneration and vessels, heresy, monasticism; Literature: brief pieces on lesser-known works and long essays on genres like fabliau, chanson de geste, romance, drama; History: political figures, military leaders, daily life-food, health care, crime and punishment, families.

Choice Outstanding Academic Title, 1995

"This volume on the history and culture of medieval France will be indispensable for university libraries. ... Spelling and proofreading are excellent."--Fifteenth-Century Studies

"An emphasis on politics, religion, literature, art and architecture is expected, but technical subjects-agriculture, warfare, medicine, textiles, and mining-are also well represented. Women receive good coverage in individual biographies and in articles on such subjects as family and gender, women in trade, and widowhood. ... This work is successful in providing a one-volume, up-to-date synthesis of an immensely rich and important era. ... Highly recommended for larger public and four year college and university libraries and for some special collections."--Library Journal

"Intended primarily for students and general readers, it will prove useful for scholars seeking general orientation, bibliography, and interpretations in areas beyond their field of expertise. ... Numerous maps and pictures illustrate the text, and page layout is pleasing. ... Highly recommended for all libraries."--Choice

"Students and the general public are likely to benefit from it. ... Anyone interested in medieval France would do well to consult this superb source."--Reference Quarterly

"The editors have amply fulfilled their aim to provide a balanced, informative, and up-to-date reference work that, although directed primarily toward students and the general public, will also provide a useful starting point for scholars in various disciplines..."--Contemporary Review

A Sampling of the Coverage: Agincourt * Aquitaine * Averroes (Ibn Rusd) * Black Death * Cathars * Catherine of France * Charles II the Bald * Chivalry * Crusades * Dauphin * Droit du seigneur * Fairs and Markets * Hospitals * Inquisition * Latin Love Poetry * Leprosy * Magic * Miracle Plays * Necromancy * Passion Plays * Pepin * Processions * Richard I the Lionhearted * Tristan Romances * Vikings

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