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From the departure of the Roman legions, to the conflict of Bosworth and the increase of the Tudors, the realm of medieval England was once one among profound range and alter. Now, in The Oxford Illustrated historical past of Medieval England, readers have an authoritative and stimulating review of this pivotal interval in British historical past. Lavishly illustrated with over 100 pictures--including twenty-four pages of colour plates--this beautiful quantity brings jointly major students who light up the historical past and tradition of medieval England.

The booklet brims with details at the social, cultural, and non secular lifetime of the interval, overlaying subject matters as assorted because the nature of nationwide identification, the nature of city existence, the good artworks and structure, the main points of non secular perform, and the improvement of a vernacular literature. the center of the ebook explores the most political alterations within the time-span starting from the Anglo-Saxon interval, to the guideline of the Normans and Angevins, to the overdue center a long time. right here we see the increase of a united polity and quick institutional progress, in a time whilst conflict was once of fundamental value in either stimulating switch and shaping nationwide id. In monetary phrases, the age was once characterised by way of lengthy, and fast, inhabitants development through critical contraction, sparked by way of the famines of 1315-17 and the Black loss of life. A end result of the steep fall in inhabitants, even if, used to be a better according to capita intake: the luxurious church buildings and high quality vernacular structure of the interval endure witness to the wealth and diversity of lay patronage.

The center a while have constantly held a distinct fascination for readers of background and this amazing quantity bargains a gold mine of knowledge at the interval. With a number of illustrations, kin timber, a chronology, publications to additional interpreting, and an entire index, this can be an imperative advisor to England within the heart ages.

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