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Sioux Falls Atheists endorse The Medieval World for showing that
the medieval world was nothing like what we've been
led to believe. It was an exciting and vibrant time.

The Medieval World
An Illustrated Atlas

The Medieval World (2009) - 383 pages
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In this magnificent volume, rich with maps and illustrations, National Geographic illuminates the Middle Ages - a thousand years that until now have been shrouded in mystery and lore.

  • Compelling, authoritative narrative from gifted historians captures the drama, mystery, and intrigue of the Middle Ages, from the A.D. 400 to 1500.
  • More than 300 illustrations include antique paintings, illuminated manuscripts, and historical documents such as Magna Carta and the Domesday Book.
  • Voices of the medieval world come alive through quotations from literature, letters, and journals that have survived the passage of time.
  • More than 60 maps, including 34 created just for this book and 12 rare antique maps, such as a lavishly illustrated crusader map from A.D. 1170.
  • Specially commissioned world maps chart important events around the globe, beyond the Mediterranean world, during the same periods of history.
  • Sidebars in every chapter introduce intriguing women and men of the Middle Ages and examine important beliefs, buildings, arts and letters, and innovations.
  • 12 richly illustrated spreads chronicle the amusements, clothing, feats, science, books, animals, and other aspects of daily life in the Middle Ages.
  • Time lines chart the events of every century from the 5th to the 15th and outline the history of key cities, from London and Paris to Damascus and Constantinople.

Knights in shining armor. Castles, dragons, queens, and minstrels. Popes, emperors, Viking marauders, caliphs, and kings. The Crusades. King Arthur and the Round Table. The plague. The Inquisition. Our imaginations are filled with images about the Middle Ages, and popular lore interweaves fact and fiction. Now, in this newly created illustrated atlas, the National Geographic Society brings alive more than a thousand years of intrigue, action, and passion.

They may be called the Dark Ages, but the first few centuries after the fall of Rome were only shadowed because for years we lacked historical and archaeological evidence. Ongoing research sheds new light on our understanding about the period we call the Middle Ages as well. Full of fascinating stories, colorful characters, exciting battles, and alluring intrigues, The Medieval World: An Illustrated Atlas proves that the truth is more compelling than any fantasy.

This lyrical and captivating volume takes us through time and across Europe, North Africa, and the Middle East, from the fall of the Roman Empire in A.D. 476 to 1500, the beginning of the age of discovery. National Geographic blends compelling narrative with more than 60 new and antique maps to explore events, wars, migrations, and occupations. Immerse yourself in the past through more than 300 illustrations - portraits, icons, landscapes, illuminations, tapestries, jewelry, sculpture, and architectural masterpieces. Voices of the day speak to us in the words from rare manuscripts, landmark documents, and classic works of literature.

Here are the great stories about the people whose lives made history - Charlemagne, Alfred the Great, Leif Erickson, Richard the Lionheart, Hildegarde of Bingen, Joan of Arc. And here are more stories about people whose names you may never have heard before - Khosrow II, Ivar the Boneless, Uthman ibn Affan, and Tamar, Queen of Georgia. Yet in their days, these figures were as formidable as many whose names we know.

Indulge your sense of romance and adventure on a voyage that highlights medieval Rome, Paris, Barcelona, Constantinople, Damascus, and other thriving cities. You'll also gain a global perspective on events century by century, as world maps weave into history the dynasties of China, the insight and architecture of India and Southwest Asia, and the rise and fall of great Mesoamerican civilizations. A pleasure to behold, a treasure to own, National Geographic's The Medieval World: An Illustrated Atlas will bring hours of fascinating exploration to families, fiction lovers, students, and travelers alike.

John M. Thompson has authored 10 books and contributed to more than 30. His most recent books, both published by National Geographic, are Dakotas: Where the West Begins and An Uncommon History of Common Things, coauthored with Bethanne Patrick. He wrote National Geographic's 2004 edition of The Revolutionary War and coauthored National Geographic's Almanac of American History. He has also contributed articles to National Geographic Traveler and the Washington Post. He lives with his wife and two children in Charlottesville, Virginia.

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The Medieval World
An Illustrated Atlas

Sioux Falls Atheists endorse The Medieval World for showing that
the medieval world was nothing like what we've been
led to believe. It was an exciting and vibrant time.