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1. Saints, Werewolves, Knights, and a Poète Maudit: Allegiance and Character in the Middle Ages

1. Saints, Werewolves, Knights, and a Poète Maudit: Allegiance and Character in the Middle Ages  

John D. Lyons

in French Literature: A Very Short Introduction

Print Publication Year: 
Apr 2010
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Sep 2013
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9780191777516
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10.1093/actrade/9780199568727.003.0001
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‘Saints, werewolves, knights, and a poète maudit: allegiance and character in the Middle Ages’ explains how the protagonists of medieval texts are presented primarily in terms of their ... More
3. Politics, Law, and Religion in the Early Middle Ages

3. Politics, Law, and Religion in the Early Middle Ages  

John Gillingham and Ralph A. Griffiths

in Medieval Britain: A Very Short Introduction

Print Publication Year: 
Aug 2000
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Sep 2013
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9780191776564
DOI: 
10.1093/actrade/9780192854025.003.0003
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Wales in the eleventh century was a group of small kingdoms without stable borders. They changed in accordance with law and politics. The English kings had done little to impose military ... More
6. Wealth, Population, and Social Change in the Later Middle Ages

6. Wealth, Population, and Social Change in the Later Middle Ages  

John Gillingham and Ralph A. Griffiths

in Medieval Britain: A Very Short Introduction

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Aug 2000
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Sep 2013
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9780191776564
DOI: 
10.1093/actrade/9780192854025.003.0006
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9780192854025
The main source of wealth in the Middle Ages in England was the land. From this wealth sprang the prosperity of individuals, institutions, and the Crown. The greatest landowners were the ... More
Introduction

Introduction  

Miri Rubin

in The Middle Ages: A Very Short Introduction

Print Publication Year: 
Oct 2014
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Oct 2014
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9780191781285
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10.1093/actrade/9780199697298.003.0001
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9780199697298
The ‘Introduction’ presents the period called the Middle Ages as the story of Europe between c.500–1500. Considering it as a single ‘age’ is misleading as it was a period of constant ... More
Dante: A Very Short Introduction

Dante: A Very Short Introduction  

Peter Hainsworth and David Robey

Print Publication Year: 
Feb 2015
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Feb 2015
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9780191781575
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10.1093/actrade/9780199684779.001.0001
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Dante: A Very Short Introduction examines the main themes and issues that run through all of Dante’s work, ranging from autobiography, to understanding God, and the order of ... More
1. Introduction

1. Introduction  

Peter Hainsworth and David Robey

in Dante: A Very Short Introduction

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Feb 2015
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Feb 2015
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9780191781575
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10.1093/actrade/9780199684779.003.0001
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The Introduction suggests that reading The Divine Comedy requires coming to terms not just with Dante’s views on morality, but with the comprehensive metaphysical and theological system ... More
3. Saints in the Middle Ages

3. Saints in the Middle Ages  

Simon Yarrow

in Saints: A Very Short Introduction

Print Publication Year: 
Sep 2018
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Sep 2018
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9780191781308
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10.1093/actrade/9780199676514.003.0003
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9780199676514
The Church’s triumphal collaboration with the Roman Empire had ended by 500 ce. Political authority hung on in the West through the accommodation reached between two new forms of ... More
1. The bourgeois and the official: a historical overview

1. The bourgeois and the official: a historical overview  

Nicholas Boyle

in German Literature: A Very Short Introduction

Print Publication Year: 
Feb 2008
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Sep 2013
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9780191776892
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10.1093/actrade/9780199206599.003.0002
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‘The bourgeois and the official: a historical overview’ explores how, for nearly three centuries the German literary and philosophical tradition has been compelled by local circumstances to ... More
3. The age of idealism (1781–1832)

3. The age of idealism (1781–1832)  

Nicholas Boyle

in German Literature: A Very Short Introduction

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Feb 2008
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Sep 2013
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9780191776892
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10.1093/actrade/9780199206599.003.0004
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‘The age of idealism (1781–1832)’ describes how Immanuel Kant endeavoured to reconcile the empiricist Enlightenment of the bourgeoisie with the rationalist Enlightenment of officialdom in a ... More
IntroductionAn Old Master

Introduction: An Old Master  

Jerry Brotton

in The Renaissance: A Very Short Introduction

Print Publication Year: 
Apr 2006
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Sep 2013
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9780191775383
DOI: 
10.1093/actrade/9780192801630.003.0001
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9780192801630
Visiting an art gallery is the best way to get a glimpse into the Renaissance. For many people, Holbein's The Ambassadors from 1533 is an abiding image of the European Renaissance. The ... More
Introduction

Introduction  

Peter Hainsworth and David Robey

in Italian Literature: A Very Short Introduction

Print Publication Year: 
Feb 2012
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Sep 2013
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9780191777073
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10.1093/actrade/9780199231799.003.0001
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9780199231799
The ‘Introduction’ emphasizes that there is a broad consensus about the great writers of Italian literature. Even alternative views (such as they are) presuppose the established canon: ... More
Byzantium: A Very Short Introduction

Byzantium: A Very Short Introduction  

Peter Sarris

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Jul 2015
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Jul 2015
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9780191782329
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10.1093/actrade/9780199236114.001.0001
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9780199236114
After surviving the 5th-century fall of the western European Roman Empire, the Byzantine Empire flourished as one of the most powerful economic, cultural, and military forces in Europe for ... More
3. From antiquity to the Middle Ages

3. From antiquity to the Middle Ages  

Peter Sarris

in Byzantium: A Very Short Introduction

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Jul 2015
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Jul 2015
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9780191782329
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10.1093/actrade/9780199236114.003.0003
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9780199236114
‘From antiquity to the Middle Ages’ describes the key challenges to Roman power in the east and west. The emergence of the post-Roman successor kingdoms in the 5th century constituted a ... More
Introduction

Introduction  

Stillman Drake

in Galileo: A Very Short Introduction

Print Publication Year: 
Feb 2001
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Sep 2013
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9780191776809
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10.1093/actrade/9780192854568.003.8501
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9780192854568
The earliest explanations of man and his religion stemmed from religion, before philosophy and then science came onto the scene. It is natural that the later fields were guided by those ... More
2. Galileo's early years

2. Galileo's early years  

Stillman Drake

in Galileo: A Very Short Introduction

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Feb 2001
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Sep 2013
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9780191776809
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10.1093/actrade/9780192854568.003.0002
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‘Galileo's early years’ provides an insight into Galileo's childhood and early work. Galileo was born in Pisa, and attended the University there. He became chair of mathematics at Pisa ... More
Medieval Britain: A Very Short Introduction

Medieval Britain: A Very Short Introduction  

John Gillingham and Ralph A. Griffiths

Print Publication Year: 
Aug 2000
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Sep 2013
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9780191776564
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10.1093/actrade/9780192854025.001.0001
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9780192854025
Medieval Britain: A Very Short Introduction covers the establishment of the Anglo-Norman monarchy in the early Middle Ages, through to England's failure to dominate the British ... More
4. The Economy in the Early Middle Ages

4. The Economy in the Early Middle Ages  

John Gillingham and Ralph A. Griffiths

in Medieval Britain: A Very Short Introduction

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Aug 2000
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Sep 2013
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9780191776564
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10.1093/actrade/9780192854025.003.0004
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9780192854025
In the eleventh century, England was predominantly an agrarian economy. Over 90 per cent of the people lived in the country. ‘The Economy in the Early Middle Ages’ looks at the economic ... More
2. Autobiography

2. Autobiography  

Peter Hainsworth and David Robey

in Dante: A Very Short Introduction

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Feb 2015
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Feb 2015
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9780191781575
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10.1093/actrade/9780199684779.003.0002
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9780199684779
‘Autobiography’ takes us through Dante’s works—including The Divine Comedy, Vita nova, and Convivio—and shows that they have one recurrent character, Dante himself. In the Comedy, he is the ... More
3. Truth

3. Truth  

Peter Hainsworth and David Robey

in Dante: A Very Short Introduction

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Feb 2015
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Feb 2015
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9780191781575
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10.1093/actrade/9780199684779.003.0003
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9780199684779
‘Truth’ considers the meanings and realities of Dante’s works and his use of allegory. The journey of the Comedy is clearly and precisely located in contemporary geography and cosmology. ... More
4. Writing

4. Writing  

Peter Hainsworth and David Robey

in Dante: A Very Short Introduction

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Feb 2015
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Feb 2015
eISBN: 
9780191781575
DOI: 
10.1093/actrade/9780199684779.003.0004
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9780199684779
Dante was a bilingual writer, using Latin for his most scholastic work, but using vernacular Italian for the majority of his writing. ‘Writing’ considers the syntax, metre, and writing ... More

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