This insightful survey of the “things” of medieval Europe allows modern readers to understand what they looked like, what they were made of, how they were created, and how they were used.
All Things Medieval: An Encyclopedia of the Medieval World covers the widest definition of “medieval Europe” possible, not by covering history in the traditional, textbook manner of listing wars, leaders, and significant historic events, but by presenting detailed alphabetical entries that describe the artifacts of medieval Europe. By examining the hidden material culture and by presenting information about topics that few books cover―pottery, locks and keys, shoes, weaving looms, barrels, toys, pets, ink, kitchen utensils, and much more―readers get invaluable insights into the nature of life during that time period and area.
The heartland European regions such as England, France, Italy, and Germany are covered extensively, and information regarding the objects of regions such as Byzantium, Muslim Spain, and Scandinavia are also included. For each topic of material culture, the entry considers the full scope of the medieval period―roughly 500–1450―to give the reader a historical perspective of related traditions or inventions and describes the craftsmen and tools that produced it.
• Provides information on a comprehensive range of topics from agriculture to zoos, and also includes books, castles, minstrels, clothing and universities
• Provides bibliographic lists of suggested reading following each entry, with a full bibliography at the end
• Appropriate for both high school and lower-level undergraduate students