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The Atlas of Medieval Man
by Colin Platt
ISBN 0312059930 / 9780312059934 / 0-312-05993-0
Publisher St. Martin's Press
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Provides an overview of the world that spans 5 centuries & an astonishing period of human progress. It begins in the year 1000 & ends in 1500 -- soon after Columbus is known to have reached the New World. Each chapter covers a century & charts the concurrent developments -- in politics, religion, warfare, exploration, technology, &, chiefly, material culture -- that occurred in the known parts of the world during those 500 years. Emphasizes the arts & architecture but also outlines the historical background to each century, introducing the major events & the social & political forces that were instrumental in shaping the cultures of the world. Color & black & white illustrations. [via]