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Medieval World Reference Library

Bloomsbury Medieval Studies is excited to introduce Medieval World Reference Library, a collection of expert reference works exploring the history, life and culture of the Middle Ages from a global perspective. Students and academics can delve into scholarship focused on a rich breadth of subject areas, such as Medieval literature, icons of the Middle Ages, the Byzantine and Mongol Empires, a history of the Vikings, and the rise and fall of the Medieval world. The Medieval World Reference Library collection forms an invaluable resource for scholars and students alike looking to enrich and expand their research.

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The Byzantine Empire: A Historical Encyclopedia

The Byzantine Empire: A Historical Encyclopedia is an indispensable resource for investigating the history of the Byzantine Empire, providing a comprehensive summary of its overall development as well as its legacy in the modern world. Through reference entries and primary source documents, this Encyclopedia provides essential information about the Byzantine Empire from the reign of Diocletian to the Fall of Constantinople, surfacing the Empire’s most prevalent moments. The reference entries are grouped into eight topical sections on the most significant aspects of the history of the Byzantine Empire, from key events and individuals, to objects and artefacts. Compelling overview essays, entries, and primary sources accompany each section.

The Greenwood Encyclopedia of Global Medieval Life and Culture

The period we know as the Middle Ages, roughly the years 400-1400, saw the formation of ideas and institutions that mark modern societies. Developments as disparate as the foundation of Islam and the emergence of the middle class occurred during this pivotal millennium. Although historical study of the Middle Ages has traditionally focused on Western Europe, the Greenwood Encyclopedia of Global Medieval Life and Culture comprises three volumes covering all whole Medieval globe, from Europe and the Americas, Islam and Africa, Asia and Oceania. Each volume offers in-depth essays on broad themes, short entries on specific topics, and carefully selected primary documents to help readers more fully understand this critically important period in our global history.

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Vikings: An Encyclopedia of Conflict, Invasions, and Raids

For three centuries, the Vikings changed the political world of northern and western Europe. Vikings: An Encylopedia of Conflict, Invasion, and Raids explores exactly how they achieved this, in a highly readable and informative resource volume. How did the Vikings know when to strike? Who were their leaders? What was the impact of their raids? These and many more questions are answered in this unique encyclopedia, specifically devoted to the study of conflict, invasions, and raids in the Viking Age, with detailed coverage of the Vikings’ infamously violent marauding across Europe during the early Middle Ages. Featuring extracts of poetry and prose from the Viking Age, the book provides cultural context in addition to an in-depth analysis of Viking military practices.

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Medieval Folklore: An Encyclopedia of Myths, Legends, Tales, Beliefs, and Customs

Over a decade in the making, Medieval Folklore: An Encyclopedia of Myths, Legends, Tales, Beliefs, and Customs offers an indispensable A–Z guide to the mundane and supernatural lore of the Middle Ages. Definitive and lively articles focus on the great myths and legends of the age; day and nightly customs and activities; religious beliefs of pagans, Christians, Muslims, and Jews; key works of oral and written literature; traditional music and art; holidays and feasts; food and drink; and plants and animals (real and mythic). This award winning, definitive work is an A–Z in 2 volumes which will support students new to the subject, as well as instructors and seasoned scholars looking to enrich their own research.

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The Mongol: A Historical Encyclopedia

The Mongol: A Historical Encylopedia presents the figures, places, and events that led this once-beleaguered region to rise up and become the largest contiguous empire in history. This compendium follows the achievements—and failures—of the Mongol Empire from the birth of Chinggis Khan in 1162 to the formation of the successor states that came from the dissolution of the world power in the 16th century: the Yuan Empire in East Asia; the Chaghatai Khanate in Central Asia; the Ilkhanate in the Middle East; and the Jochid or Kipchak Khanate in the Pontic-Caspian Steppes. Through some 180 entries, this two-volume set covers every aspect of Mongol civilization: government and politics, organization and administration, individuals, groups and organizations, key events, military, objects and artefacts, and key places.

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