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A Cultural History of Western Empires in the Middle Ages

A Cultural History of Western Empires in the Middle Ages, Volume 2

by Matthew Gabriele

Matthew Gabriele is Associate Professor in the Department of Religion and Culture at Virginia Tech, USA Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Bloomsbury Academic, 2019
  • DOI:
    10.5040/9781474207294
  • ISBN:
    978-1-4742-0729-4 (online)

    978-1-4742-4259-2 (hardback)

    978-1-4742-4275-2 (set)
  • Edition:
    First published
  • Place of Publication:
    London
  • Published Online:
    2019
A Cultural History of Western Empires in the Middle Ages
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This volume explores a world that thought deeply about imperial power and emperors but one that perhaps never had an “empire” of its own. These synthetic essays from experts across a wide variety of disciplines mine the intellectual world of this period and begin to demolish the myth of the so-called “Dark Ages,” showing how the European Middle Ages were illuminated by vigorous debates that echo today. The story of medieval Western empires is both familiar and foreign. It is a story about politics, culture, religion, society, gender, sex, and economics, and how porous the boundaries between those categories can often be.

A Cultural History of Western Empires in the Middle Ages offers a detailed and highly-illustrated account of how we got to where we are, as well as the dangers of not fully understanding why those origins matter.