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'Later Medieval Europe' is the classic introduction to this period. "The historian must use his art to explain. This is precisely what Mr Waley does, approaching deliberately from several different angles: political, economic, religious, artistic and intellectual. He quotes contemporary sources in lively translation. Above all he is guided by a central thread, which is the growth of power in the state and the reflection of this in the development of political ideas."The Times Educational Supplement The book opens with a description of monarchies and city states in the thirteenth century, and draws to a close with a contrasting account of political philosophies current at the time of Machiavelli, and how they related to the conditions of the early sixteenth century. From the divine right of kings to the unification of Spain, the account takes in a whole period and an entire continent. This extensively revised and expanded third edition includes even greater use of contemporary voices, full reading lists, and new chapters on East Central Europe and Portuguese exploration which take the narrative beyond the confines of western Europe. Daniel Waley is a former Professor of History at the University of London and Keeper of Manuscripts at the British Library. Peter Denley teaches at Queen Mary, University of London.
PART I - THE THIRTEENTH CENTURY: EXPANSION AND HEGEMONY 1. Government inthe Later Thirteenth Century 2. Italy and the Mediterranean in the Second Half of the Thirteenth Century 3. The Triumph of the French Monarchy PART II - THE FOURTEENTH CENTURY: CRISES AND RESTRUCTURING 4. Fragmentation in Germany. 5. Economic Setbacks and Developments in the Later Middle Ages 6. The Troubles of the Roman Church 7. French Defeats and Chivalrous Ideals: The Hundred Years War PART III - THE FIFTEENTH CENTURY: NEW DYNAMICS 8. The Early Renaissance 9. Burgundy, the Great Duchy of the West 10. The Territorial Lordships of Italy 11. The French Recovery 12. The Unification of Spain 13. German Disunity and the Origins of the Reformation PART IV - WESTERN EUROPE'S PERIPHERIES 14. The Turkish Conquest of South-Eastern Europe 15. East Central Europe 16. The Atlantic: from Exploration to Hegemony PART V - NEW PERSPECTIVES 17. Population and the Family 18. Political Writers and the Stronger State Index
Daniel Waley was formerly Keeper of Manuscripts at the British Museum Peter Denley teaches history at Queen Mary & Westfield College, University of London
'Above all he is guided by a central thread, which is the growth of power in the state and the reflection of this is the development of political ideas.'"The Times Education Supplement (of the previous edition)" 'The two new chapters dealing with east-central Europe and European expanion, coupled with the addition of several primary documents and extensive reading lists, combine to make this a valid textbook and useful introduction to the period' "History" "significant updating...gives a new lease of life to a valued old friend...the result deserves to hold its place amongst introductory books for the period" "English Historical Review"