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The Portable Medieval Reader: The Astonishing World of the Middle Ages brought to life for the modern reader through a rich variety of writings from four centuries - assembled and illuminated by James Bruce Ross and Mary Martin McLaughlin.

Cover design by H. Lawrence Hoffman.

Published by the Viking Press in 1966.



690 pages / 4.4 x 7.1 x 1 inches / 11 x 18 x 2.5 centimeters


Please see the images above for an accurate representation of what the book looks like, but...

A bit of creasing to the cover and some wear around the edges.

Writing on the inside of the front cover.


This volume aims to hold up a mirror in which we may see something of the pageant that was the medieval world as that world saw itself. The period covered is 1050 to 1500: the geographical range, that of Latin Christianity, with extensions into the Near East and Far East. Representing the most vivid and direct expressions of medieval experience and thought in poetry and prose, there are selections, many newly translated, from history and travel, theology, science, education, and imaginative literature. Portraits of princes and prelates are summoned up, along with merchants, peasants, students, and monks. Dante, Petrarch, Chaucer, Thomas Aquinas, Abelard, Leonardo da Vinci, Roger Bacon are only a few of the more than 100 writers. In this goodly company, as the editors suggest, "boredom--to the middle ages one of the deadliest sins--is impossible."

"...a cross section of source history and literature...as rich and varied as a stained glass window." - Columbia Record

The Portable Medieval Reader


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