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MEDIEVAL HISTORY.

MEDIEVAL HISTORY.

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1 BROOKE, CHRISTOPHER. The Structure Of Medieval Society.
McGraw-Hill Book Company, New York: 1973. Reprint. s Softcover. Good condition. 
Many aspects of medieval society are alien to the 20th century observer, such as the hierarchy of ranks and division of authority into the secular and the religious. Yet medieval history is full of personalities who attract and interest us and Christopher Brooke portrays them in the context of their society. In vivid narrative form, he introduces the reader to the society of an age that achieved an extraordinarily coherent and integrated civilization, one that formed an essential, if often unsuspected, part of our own. Includes an Index 
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2 CHALKOKONDYLES, LAONIKOS; (TRANSLATED BY KALDELLIS, ANTHONY). Dumbarton Oaks Medieval Library 33: The Histories, Volume I Books 1-5.
Harvard University Press, Cambridge, Massachusetts and London England: 2014. h Hardcover with dustjacket. Brand new book. 
Among Greek histories of the fall of Constantinople in 1453, the work of Laonikos (ca. 1430-ca. 1465) has by far the broadest scope. Born to a leading family of Athens under Florentine rule, he was educated in the classics at Mistra by the Neoplatonist philosopher Plethon. In the 1450s, Laonikos set out to imitate Herodotos in writing the history of his times, a version in which the armies of Asia would prevail over the Greeks in Europe. The backbone of the Histories, a text written in difficult Thucydidean Greek, is the expansion of the Ottoman Empire from the early 1300s to 1464, but Laonikos's digressions give sweeping accounts of world geography and ethnography from Britain to Mongolia, with an emphasis on Spain, Italy, and Arabia. Following the methodology of Herodotos and rejecting theological polemic, Laonikos is the first Greek writer to treat Islam as a legitimate cultural and religious system. He followed Plethon in viewing the Byzantines as Greeks rather than Romans, and so stands at the origins of Neo-Hellenic identity. This translation makes the entire text of The Histories available in English for the first time. Anthony Kaldellis is Professor of Classics at The Ohio State University. "There is much here that would appeal to readers interested specifically in Byzantine history, and more generally in the history of the east Mediterranean, the Balkans, and Turkey in the 14th and 15th centuries. The translation flows smoothly and is accompanied by much needed explanatory notes on persons and geography."J. W. Nesbitt, Choice 
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3 CHALKOKONDYLES, LAONIKOS; (TRANSLATED BY KALDELLIS, ANTHONY). Dumbarton Oaks Medieval Library 34: The Histories, Volume II, Books 6-10.
Harvard University Press, Cambridge, Massachusetts and London England: 2014. h Hardcover with dustjacket. Brand new book. 
Among Greek histories of the fall of Constantinople in 1453, the work of Laonikos (ca. 1430-ca. 1465) has by far the broadest scope. Born to a leading family of Athens under Florentine rule, he was educated in the classics at Mistra by the Neoplatonist philosopher Plethon. In the 1450s, Laonikos set out to imitate Herodotos in writing the history of his times, a version in which the armies of Asia would prevail over the Greeks in Europe. The backbone of the Histories, a text written in difficult Thucydidean Greek, is the expansion of the Ottoman Empire from the early 1300s to 1464, but Laonikos's digressions give sweeping accounts of world geography and ethnography from Britain to Mongolia, with an emphasis on Spain, Italy, and Arabia. Following the methodology of Herodotos and rejecting theological polemic, Laonikos is the first Greek writer to treat Islam as a legitimate cultural and religious system. He followed Plethon in viewing the Byzantines as Greeks rather than Romans, and so stands at the origins of Neo-Hellenic identity. This translation makes the entire text of The Histories available in English for the first time. Anthony Kaldellis is Professor of Classics at The Ohio State University. "There is much here that would appeal to readers interested specifically in Byzantine history, and more generally in the history of the east Mediterranean, the Balkans, and Turkey in the 14th and 15th centuries. The translation flows smoothly and is accompanied by much needed explanatory notes on persons and geography."J. W. Nesbitt, Choice 
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4 FOX-DAVIES, ARTHUR C.; BROOKE-LITTLE, JOHN P. B. (INTRODUCTION). Heraldic Designs.
Moyer Bell, Wakefield: 1997. 1559211636 / 9781559211635 Treasury of Decorative Arts series. First Edition. s Softcover. Very good condition. 
Explains how the art of communicating through heraldry evolved, as well as describing basic heraldic jargon and practice. Includes a wide range of heraldic designs that will appeal to all those who want to explore this exciting symbolic art form. 
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5 FOX-DAVIES, ARTHUR C.; BROOKE-LITTLE, JOHN P. B. (INTRODUCTION). Heraldic Designs.
Bracken Books, London: 1988. 1851701729 / 9781851701728 Reprint Edition. s Softcover. Good condition. 
Comprises forty large format color-plates which are, in the main, reproduced from scarce antiquarian volumes, folders and prints and are easily detachable from the book for use as posters. Includes a wide range of heraldic designs that will appeal to all those who want to explore this exciting symbolic art form. 
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