Europe in the High Middle Ages (The Penguin History of by William Chester Jordan

By William Chester Jordan

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It was once an age of desire and danger, of achievement and enlargement. Europe's excessive center a long time spanned the Crusades, the construction of Chartres Cathedral, Dante's Inferno, and Thomas Aquinas. Buoyant, convinced, inventive, the period appeared to be flowering right into a real renaissance-until the disastrous fourteenth century rained disaster within the kind of plagues, famine, and war. 

In Europe within the excessive center Ages, William Chester Jordan paints a shiny, teeming panorama that captures this misplaced age in all its glory and complexity. listed below are the good popes who revived the facility of the Church opposed to the secular princes; the writers and thinkers who prepared the ground for the Renaissance; the soldiers who stemmed the Islamic tide in Spain and surged into Palestine; and the humbler estates, those that stumbled on new wish and prosperity till the lengthy evening of the 1300s. From excessive to low, from dramatic occasions to social buildings, Jordan's account brings to existence this interesting age. a part of the Penguin background of Europe sequence, edited via David Cannadine.

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R. 31 Unfortunately he was a scholar whose works, if there were any, have not survived, and all that we can say is that Count Henry had as a clerk a man with a reputation for learning. Geoffroi de Villehardouin took the office of marshal at the court of Countess Marie in 1185. In the succeeding years his official duties must have brought him often to the court of Champagne, but he can in no way be considered a court author, for Villehardouin dictated his celebrated history of the Fourth Crusade long after he had left Champagne.

Paris, B. N. ms. lat. 4998, fol. 63 v¡. This passage was quoted almost exactly by Albri c de Troisfontaines, M GH SS, xxiii, 847. 78 The manuscript of these letters, possibly corrected by the author himself, is in the National Library of Luxemburg. The two letters to Count Henry are on the folios now numbered 45-49. Portions of the second letter are printed by W. Wattenbach, "Aus den Briefen des Guido von Bazoches," Neues Archiv, xvi (1891), 79-81. 71 The Court of Champagne as a Literary Center 25 The next entry, labeled number XVI, is also addressed to Count Henry.

Although this variant also occur s in the Palaea, the rest of Evrat’s text shows tha t he was not following tha t version of Creation , since the Palaea differs widely from Genesis , and in all othe r respect s Evrat follows the Vulgate faithfully and almost literally. 49 A fuller readin g of Evrat’s texts, moreover , demonstrate s the author’s orthodoxy . His continua l reference s to Hol y Church , his belief tha t confession in the Churc h wards off the Devil, and his views on marriag e are enough to show tha t Evrat was not a Bogomil or even a Waldensian .

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