The History of the Medieval World: From the Conversion of Constantine to the First Crusade
A masterful narrative of the Middle Ages, when religion became a weapon for kings all over the world.From the schism between Rome and Constantinople to the rise of the T’ang Dynasty, from the birth of Muhammad to the crowning of Charlemagne, this erudite book tells the fascinating, often violent story of kings, generals, and the peoples they ruled.
In her earlier work, The History of the Ancient World, Susan Wise Bauer wrote of the rise of kingship based on might. But in the years between the fourth and the twelfth centuries, rulers had to find new justification for their power, and they turned to divine truth or grace to justify political and military action. Right thus replaces might as the engine of empire.
Not just Christianity and Islam but the religions of the Persians and the Germans, and even Buddhism, are pressed into the service of the state. This phenomenon—stretching from the Americas all the way to Japan—changes religion, but it also changes the state.
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Review: The History of the Medieval World: From the Conversion of Constantine to the First CrusadeUser Review - JodiP - Goodreads
I tried to listen to this book, but didn't get far. I think it might be worthwhile to actually read it. There were many details that would get lost as I listened. She alos covers Korea, China and ... Read full review
Review: The History of the Medieval World: From the Conversion of Constantine to the First CrusadeUser Review - Jbondandrews - Goodreads
I really enjoyed Susan Wise Bauer's book. Even though I am very familiar with the Medieval World, Susan wrote in such a way that I enjoyed rereading that particular time period. Read full review
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