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Medieval England : an encyclopedia /
editors: Paul E. Szarmach, M. Teresa Tavormina, Joel T. Rosenthal.
imprint
New York : Garland Pub., 1998.
description
lxiv, 882 p. : ill., maps ; 29 cm.
ISBN
0824057864 (acid-free paper)
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imprint
New York : Garland Pub., 1998.
isbn
0824057864 (acid-free paper)
catalogue key
2001539
 
Includes bibliographical references and index.
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Appeared in Choice on 1999-09:
More than 300 scholars from several countries have collaborated to produce this encyclopedia's 700 signed entries about England from the fifth-century Anglo-Saxon invasions though 1435 (Wales, Scotland, and Ireland are excluded). The encyclopedia lists entries by category, monarchs of England, archbishops of Canterbury and York, popes, musical and liturgical terms, and architectural terms (with illustrations) for castles and churches; maps of counties, sees, and politics accompany the main entries, each of which cites primary and secondary resources and includes cross-references. Intended to be accessible to nonspecialists, the work focuses primarily on language, literature, art, music, liturgy, and history, with a few references to the science and technology of the time. Architecture is particularly well covered, with entries and plans for a wide variety of buildings. Many cities and towns also have their own entries, as do people, events, and concepts. Less well covered are issues of social and economic history; there is no entry for heresy (though there are for both Wyclif and the Lollards), nor for economy, nor for peasants, nor for class (though feudalism and peerage both have entries). Many of these topics are restricted by the lack of source material; nonetheless, the fact that paganism's only entry appears in the context of Old English literature reinforces that the work concerns almost exclusively literary, artistic, and political. Those who own Dictionary of the Middle Ages, ed. by Joseph R. Strayer (13v., 1982-89), will need this volume only if they want its special focus on medieval England. M. R. Pukkila; Colby College
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Summaries
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This valuable reference work offers concise, expert answers to questions on all aspects of life and culture in medieval England-art, architecture, law, literature, kings, commoners, women, music, commerce, technology, warfare, religion, and many others. It takes as its scope English social, cultural, and political life from the Anglo-Saxon invasions in the fifth century to the turn of the sixteenth century. To make it even more useful to information seekers, the Encyclopediaalso traces England's ties to the Celtic world of Wales, Scotland, and Ireland, to the French and Anglo-Norman world of the Continent, to the Viking and Scandinavian world of the North Sea, and to the world of medieval Christendom. The result is a detailed portrait of the English Middle Ages and their key historical events, personages, and cultural contexts.
Bowker Data Service Summary
Spanning the fifth through the 15th century, this encyclopedia covers broad topics in medieval England such as music, women, and language, as well as specific topics such as people, famous buildings, printing, monastic orders, prostitution, and stained glass.
Main Description
Gives quick access to medieval England This valuable reference work offers concise, expert answers to questions on all aspects of life and culture in medieval England-art, architecture, law, literature, kings, commoners, women, music, commerce, technology, warfare, religion, and many others. It takes as its scope English social, cultural, and political life from the Anglo-Saxon invasions in the fifth century to the turn of the sixteenth century. To make it even more useful to information seekers, theEncyclopediaalso traces England's ties to the Celtic world of Wales, Scotland, and Ireland, to the French and Anglo-Norman world of the Continent, to the Viking and Scandinavian world of the North Sea, and to the world of medieval Christendom. The result is a detailed portrait of the English Middle Ages and their key historical events, personages, and cultural contexts. Authoritative, wide-ranging, informative Multidisciplinary articles bring together a rich variety ofscholarly perspectives and individual viewpoints found in no other comparable reference work. More than 700 entries by over 300 international scholars discuss topics ranging from Sedulius to Skelton, from Wulfstan of York to Reginald Pecock, from Pictish art to Gothic sculpture, from the Vikings to the Black Death, from musical instruments to weapons, fromBeowulftoThe Book of Margery Kempe, from comic tales to religious allegory, from saints to lawyers, from courtly love to prostitution, from mills to monasteries, from Alfred the Great to Geoffrey Chaucer. Makes further inquiry simple and easy A subject and name index makes it easy to locate information. Bibliographies direct users to essential primary and secondary sources and recent scholarship. Where possible, bibliographic references have been selected with an eye to accessibility for nonspecialists, although more advanced essential works are also included. Priority has been given to scholarship in English, books andjournals likely to be available in university libraries, and general studies that provide good bibliographic and methodological guidance for further study. Special features The first comprehensive survey of England in the Middle Ages-in one authoritative volume; Accessible to students and useful to scholars; More than 300 expert contributors provide a stimulating diversity of interpretations and opinions; Explains how English history, literature, arts, and culture developed during the Middle Ages; Devotes substantial coverage to medieval art and architecture; Offers different viewpoints on related or overlapping topics, illuminating the complexities of modern scholarly inquiry; Over 150 illustrations
Main Description
This valuable reference work offers concise, expert answers to questions on all aspects of life and culture in medieval England-art, architecture, law, literature, kings, commoners, women, music, commerce, technology, warfare, religion, and many others. It takes as its scope English social, cultural, and political life from the Anglo-Saxon invasions in the fifth century to the turn of the sixteenth century. To make it even more useful to information seekers, the Encyclopedia also traces England's ties to the Celtic world of Wales, Scotland, and Ireland, to the French and Anglo-Norman world of the Continent, to the Viking and Scandinavian world of the North Sea, and to the world of medieval Christendom. The result is a detailed portrait of the English Middle Ages and their key historical events, personages, and cultural contexts.
Table of Contents
A sampling of the coverage: Alchemy
Allegory and Related Symbolism
Battle of Maldon
Beaufort, Margaret
C dmon
Carol
Chivalry
Cnut
Dance, Dance Music
Drama, Vernacular
Dunbar, William
Earls and Earldoms
Ely Cathedral
Franks Casket
Hagiography
Heptarchy
Julian of Norwich
Liturgy
Magna Carta
Manuscript Illumination
Morte Arthure, Alliterative
Music: History and Theory
Navy and Naval Power
The Owl and the Nightingale
Piers Plowman
Prices and Wages
Printing
Runes
Satire
The Seafarer
Serfs and Villeins
Songs; Stained Glass
Technology
Translation and Paraphrase
Vaulting
Widows and Widowhood
The Wife's Lament
Wilton Diptych
Women and the Arts
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