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Author: Norman F. Cantor Narrator: Frederick Davidson Publisher: Blackstone Publishing Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: August 2012 ISBN: 9781483063355
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In this groundbreaking work, Norman Cantor explains how our current notion of the Middle Ages—with its vivid images of wars, tournaments, plagues, saints and kings, knights and ladies—was born in the twentieth century. The medieval world was not simply excavated through systematic research. It had to be conceptually created: it had to be invented, and this is the story of that invention.

Cantor focuses on the lives and works of twenty of the great medievalists of this century, demonstrating how the events of their lives, and their spiritual and emotional outlooks, influenced their interpretations of the Middle Ages. He makes their scholarship an intensely personal and passionate exercise, full of color and controversy, displaying the strong personalities and creative minds that brought new insights about the past.

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Quotes & Awards

  • A 1991 National Book Critics Circle Award Finalist for Criticism

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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jennifer | 7/15/2013

    " This book is great. Its a basic, sweeping work for the evolution of Medievalism. It covers everything from Henri Pierenne to Bloch. Read this if you want an introduction to Medievalist theory and evolution in the 20th Century. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Bookworm | 12/22/2012

    " Enjoyable, informative and fun reading. I especially like his footnotes and suggested Core Bibliography in Medieval Studies and suggested films. Great total immersion and preparation for the next part of his exciting reading journey. Love to know who he trained to carry on his work. Any suggestions? "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Hope | 10/10/2012

    " There's some interesting information in this book, but I found the writing to be extremely uneven. "

About the Author

Norman F. Cantor (1929–2004) was emeritus professor of history, sociology, and comparative literature at New York University. His academic honors included appointments as a Rhodes Scholar, Porter Ogden Jacobus Fellow at Princeton University, and Fulbright professor at Tel Aviv University. His earlier books include Inventing the Middle Ages, nominated for a National Book Critics Circle Award, and The Civilization of the Middle Ages, one of the most widely read narratives of the Middle Ages in the English language.

About the Narrator

Frederick Davidson (1932–2005), also known as David Case, was one of the most prolific readers in the audiobook industry, recording more than eight hundred audiobooks in his lifetime, including over two hundred for Blackstone Audio. Born in London, he trained at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art and performed for many years in radio plays for the British Broadcasting Company before coming to America in 1976. He received AudioFile’s Golden Voice Award and numerous Earphones Awards and was nominated for a Grammy for his readings.