Europe's Long Twelfth Century: Order, Anxiety and Adaptation, 1095-1229 by John D. Cotts

Europe's Long Twelfth Century: Order, Anxiety and Adaptation, 1095-1229

byJohn D. Cotts

Hardcover | December 11, 2012

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Between 1095 and 1229, Western Europe confronted a series of alternative cultural possibilities that would fundamentally transform its social structures, its intellectual life, and its very identity. It was a period of difficult decisions and anxiety rather than a triumphant "renaissance."

In this fresh reassessment of the twelfth century, John D. Cotts:
• shows how new social, economic and religious options challenged Europeans to re-imagine their place in the world
• provides an overview of political life and detailed examples of the original thought and religious enthusiasm of the time
• presents the Crusades as the century's defining movement.

Ideal for students and scholars alike, this is an essential overview of a pivotal era in medieval history that arguably paved the way for a united Europe.

About The Author

JOHN D. COTTS is an assistant professor of History at Whitman College.

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Title:Europe's Long Twelfth Century: Order, Anxiety and Adaptation, 1095-1229Format:HardcoverDimensions:256 pages, 8.5 × 5.5 × 0.62 inPublished:December 11, 2012Publisher:Palgrave MacmillanLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0230237843

ISBN - 13:9780230237841

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Table of Contents

Introduction: Approaches to the Twelfth Century and its 'Renaissance'
Varieties of Political Order in the Latin West
People, Economy and Social Relations
Spirituality and its Discontents
Intellectual Syntheses
The Crusades and the Idea of Christendom
Suggestions for Further Reading

Editorial Reviews

"An excellent introduction to one of the most fascinating periods of the European Middle Ages." - Bjorn Weiler, Aberystwyth University, UK