This one thousand year history of the civilization of western
Europe has already been recognized in France as a scholarly
contribution of the highest order and as a popular classic. Jacques
Le Goff has written a book which will not only be read by
generations of students and historians, but which will delight and
inform all those interested in the history of medieval Europe.
Part one, Historical Evolution , is a narrative account of the
entire period, from the barbarian settlement of Roman Europe in the
fifth, sixth and seventh centuries to the war-torn crises of
Christian Europe in the fourteenth and fifteenth centuries.
Part two, Medieval Civilization , is analytical, concerned with
the origins of early medieval ideas of culture and religion, the
constraints of time and space in a pre-industrial world and the
reconstruction of the lives and sensibilities of the people during
this long period. Medieval Civilization combines the narrative and
descriptive power characteristic of Anglo-Saxon scholarship with
the sensitivity and insight of the French historical tradition.