Between 1095 and 1229, Western Europe confronted a series of alternative cultural possibilities that would fundamentally transform its social structures, its intellectual life, and its very identity. It was a period of...Show More
Between 1095 and 1229, Western Europe confronted a series of alternative cultural possibilities that would fundamentally transform its social structures, its intellectual life, and its very identity. It was a period of difficult decisions and anxiety rather than a triumphant 'renaissance'.
In this fresh reassessment of the twelfth century, John D. Cotts:
• shows how new social, economic and religious options challenged Europeans to re-imagine their place in the world
• provides an overview of political life and detailed examples of the original thought and religious enthusiasm of the time
• presents the Crusades as the century's defining movement.
Ideal for students and scholars alike, this is an essential overview of a pivotal era in medieval history that arguably paved the way for a united Europe.
A new reassessment of the twelfth century as a time of 'renaissance' and religious awakening, and when the possibility of a united Europe first presented itself
Provides wide coverage of political, intellectual, religious and economic issues and includes peripheral regions of Europe
Places the Crusades at the centre of the political life of the period
Introduction: Approaches to the Twelfth Century and its 'Renaissance'
Varieties of Political Order in the Latin West
People, Economy and Social Relations
Spirituality and its Discontents
The Crusades and the Idea of Christendom
Suggestions for Further Reading
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