A Short Medieval Reader contains the essential primary sources for exploring the Middle Ages in depth. Designed to work with and supplement the sixth edition of A Short History of the Middle Ages, this book provides comprehensive readings ranging from Iceland to Egypt and from England to Iraq. Beginning with the Christianization of the Roman Empire, the readings illustrate all the major events, religious and intellectual movements, people, saints and sinners, ideals, fears, and fantasies of the period in Europe, Byzantium, and the Islamic world.
Each source is clearly dated and, because all sources are translated into English, the original language is specified to remind students of the diversity of cultures that existed in the Middle Ages. Introductions to each source provide the necessary context and are followed by questions designed to guide the student's reading. Annotations, explanations, and ancillary materials - including maps, a genealogy, and illustrations - are supplied where needed. A Short Medieval Reader provides a feast for inquiring minds, priced for a student's budget.