Handbook of medieval studies : terms, methods, trends /
edited by Albrecht Classen.
Berlin ; New York : de Gruyter, c2010.
3 v. ; 24 cm.
3110184095 (alk. paper), 9783110184099 (alk. paper)
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Berlin ; New York : de Gruyter, c2010.
3110184095 (alk. paper)
9783110184099 (alk. paper)
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Appeared in Choice on 2011-08-01:
Classen has edited a comprehensive guide to the current state and historiography of medieval studies in all its branches. This three-volume set comprises contributed essays in four sections: major topics, important terms, textual genres, and key scholars 1650 to 1950. The coverage of major topics addresses disciplines ("Music"), geography ("Irish Studies"), theory ("Feminism"), sources ("Manuscripts"), subdisciplines ("Social History"), and auxiliary studies ("Numismatics"). In addition to this broad coverage, readers will find significant attention paid to specific areas of current interest, e.g., 45 pages devoted to Byzantine sciences, and ten essays on topics within Arabic and Islamic studies. For terminology, Classen chose 25 key concepts for understanding medieval ways of thinking, including allegory and courtliness. The 57 textual genres highlight important resources and provide overviews for often hard-to-find literary forms like mirrors for princes. This group also includes such illustrative genres as art manuals, books of hours, and world maps. The final section assesses the work of 150-plus pathbreaking scholars, with representatives from all fields and national traditions. This set serves both to orient scholars and students to fields of study, and to guide librarians in collecting. Summing Up: Highly recommended. Lower-level undergraduates through researchers/faculty; general readers. M. C. Schaus Haverford College
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Reference & Research Book News, February 2011
Choice, August 2011
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