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Seller: ancientgifts (4,777) 100%, Location: Lummi Island, Washington, Ships to: Worldwide, Item: 122268965512 Medieval Lives: Eight Charismatic Men and Women of the Middle Ages by Norman F. Cantor. DESCRIPTION: Hardback with Dust Jacket: 197 pages. Publisher: Harper Collins Publishers; (1994). In his new book Norman F. Cantor, the brilliant author of "Inventing the Middle Ages" and "The Civilization of the Middle Ages", profiles eight men and women who are both representative figures of the Middle Ages and led extraordinary lives. Among them are Augustine, Bishop of Hippo, often called the founder of the Middle Ages and author of the first modern autobiography; Cardinal Humbert of Lorraine, the chief political theorist of the medieval papacy; and Robert Grosseteste, the founder of experimental science and the Franciscan opponent of Thomas Aquinas. Of the women Cantor profiles, Helena Augusta, the mother of fourth-century Roman emperor Constantine, played a significant role in the formation of medieval religious culture. Hildegard of Bingen was a Benedictine abbess who developed a form of personal visionary mysticism and feminist theory. The third of Cantor's principal women subjects, Eleanor of Aquitaine, was the most famous of medieval queens and had an enormous influence both on politics and society and the arts and literature of her time. Norman F. Cantor's approach to these profiles is almost novelistic: he has invented conversations, based closely on a century of medieval scholarship and on the original sources, which thrust the reader immediately into the lives of his subjects, their colleagues, and friends, and give an immediacy to medieval life rarely encountered in conventional biography. Cantor makes not only comprehensible but exciting to the reader the crises and crosscurrents of medieval cultural history. In a manner rarely achieved, he gets the reader inside the psyche of medieval women and men and makes us fully empathize with their aspirations, triumphs, anxieties, and disappointments. CONDITION: NEW. Unblemished except VERY slight edge and corner shelfwear to dustjacket; and a tiny bit of rubbing to the dustjacket (dustjacket is high-gloss photo-style, and so shows rub marks very easily, even merely from being shelved between other books). Pages are pristine; clean, crisp, unmarked, unmutilated, tightly bound, unambiguously unread. Condition is entirely consistent with a new book from an open-shelf bookstore environment such as Barnes & Noble, where otherwise "new" books might show minor signs of shelfwear, consequence of being shelved and re-shelved. Satisfaction guaranteed. In stock, ready to ship. PLEASE SEE IMAGES BELOW FOR SAMPLE PAGES FROM INSIDE OF BOOK. PLEASE SEE PUBLISHER, PROFESSIONAL, AND READER REVIEWS BELOW. PUBLISHER REVIEW: REVIEW: Norman F. Cantor was Emeritus Professor of History, Sociology, and Comparative Literature at New York University. His academic honors include appointments as a Rhodes Scholar, Porter Ogden Jacobus Fellow at Princeton University, and Fulbright Professor at Tel Aviv University. His many books include the New York Times bestseller "In the Wake of the Plague", "Antiquity", "Inventing the Middle Ages", which was nominated for a National Book Critics Circle Award, and "The Civilization of the Middle Ages", the most widely read narrative of the Middle Ages in the English language. PROFESSIONAL REVIEWS: REVIEW: Cantor, author of "Inventing the Middle Ages", and a professor of history, sociology and comparative literature at New York University, here presents lively and engaging portraits of five men and three women whose idealism exerted great influence during the medieval era. Cantor begins with Helena Augusta (255-329 A.D.), the mother of Constantine the Great, and ending with John Duke of Bedford (1389-1435 A.D.), who was regent of France for Henry VI. Cantor creates vignettes in which his subjects engage in discourse with their contemporaries. He imagines Helena Augusta, for instance, stopping at an inn along the Palestinian coast and discussing theological matters with the innkeeper, his assistant and a Roman Catholic bishop. This approach reveals not only the subjects' characters, but also the religious and political ideas that informed their lives, as well as other significant aspects of medieval society and culture. Although the author uses fictionalized conversations, his reconstructions rest on solid research and result in compelling depictions of important medieval thinkers including Hildegard of Bingen, Alcuin of York and Eleanor of Aquitaine. REVIEW: Following his labors on the standard medieval history in "The Civilization of the Middle Ages", the New York University historian presents an intriguing method to penetrate the mentality of the age. He supplies reconstructed, supple dialogues, each firmly based on factual sources, among important personages regarding important issues of principle. Cantor's figures were ecclesiastics, such as the famous St. Augustine or the obscure Alcuin of York, Charlemagne's scribe; or they were powerful women, such as the legendary Eleanor of Aquitaine. From Cantor's direct rendering of their concerns, all were supple debaters of theology, or the rights of women, or the rights of the Church against a king. Often neglected as a millennia of obscurantism and triviality, the era is one of substance in Cantor's hands, and his selection of people to express the spirit of the age's theoretically universal Christianity aims right at what general readers demand. Supple, approachable conversations based on firm erudition. REVIEW: Using imaginary conversations, NYU professor Cantor attempts to make medieval culture and society relevant for the modern reader. Beginning in the fourth century with Helen, mother of Constantine, the first Christian Emperor, Cantor guides us through the Middle Ages up to John, Duke of Bedford, in charge of the English army in France in 1427 A.D. En route we meet St. Augustine in North Africa. Alcuin as an old man at Aachen musing on his hopes for a Christian Empire under Charlemagne. Humbert of Lorraine and his dreams of a new order through papal power. St. Hildegard with her vision of femininity's role. Also Queen Eleanor of Aquitaine caught up in dynastic conflicts, and the scholarly ideals of the gentle Robert Grosseteste, bishop of Lincoln and first chancellor of Oxford University. Each chapter consists of a conversation bringing out the character of one of these figures. Cantor evokes the ambiances of each of the various epochs, and he enables us to enter sympathetically into the intense idealism of the people concerned even as we become aware of their limitations; as in the conversation among Augustine, his outspoken sister, and an old friend who has become a schismatic bishop. Cantor's dialogue is best when he is playing one idea off another. REVIEW: Professor Cantor charts the whole arc of western medieval culture. He uses the biographies of eight exceptional people as prisms in which to refract the many-colored light of that culture in different centuries, as it dawned, ascended, and set. With vivid simulated dialogues, he draws readers into the passions and ideals, the all too humanly conflicted dreams, and the exaltation and sadness that he has found living between the dry and brittle pages of ancient documents. REVIEW: Eight vivid portraits of extraordinary medieval men and women brought to life through imagined conversations with the contemporaries in the fifth to fifteenth centuries. I am impressed to the point of awe by the author's reconstruction of the subjects' thought patterns, all of which make the book a remarkable tour-de-force. It is a most unusual book that conveys the images of the people discussed in remarkably clear ways. REVIEW: Norman Cantor has again managed, as in "Inventing the Middle Ages", to make the period come alive and to take on importance for anyone concerned about humanism, religion, or liberal democracy. He has established himself as a translator of subtle academic debates into the language of everyday life and concerns. His medieval people speak of passions that remain with us. He offers no solutions, but much good food for thought. His book will provoke many, but annoy only the arrogant. REVIEW: A fascinating look at life in the Middle Ages that focuses on eight extraordinary medieval men and women through realistically invented conversations between them and their counterparts. "Medieval Lives" is a tour-de-force. At once enormously learned and sophisticated, and yet at the same moment completely accessible. I simply cannot imagine a more effective or compelling introduction to medieval civilization. The invented conversations are wonderful and convincing, but the book's genius lies in the meticulously constructed settings and incisive commentary. The book is truly a masterpiece. REVIEW: Through "conversations" among major and minor historical figures, Cantor explores some of the main themes of Western medieval civilization: education and the preservation of classical culture, church-state relations, the nature and purpose of history, mysticism, the princely court, and the growth of royal centralized government. The conversations display considerable learning, a vivid style, and sometimes a rare sensitivity. Although Cantor violates the cardinal historical rule that all generalization must be based on evidence, the crux of the conversational arguments remain highly plausible. READER REVIEWS: REVIEW: This book was a great read! I finished it in less than 5 days and enjoyed every second that I was engrossed in the book. I found myself transported back to the Middle Ages and felt as if I was the one conversing with the historical figure. You can't go wrong with this little gem! REVIEW: This book can be a little slow at times, but truly, it makes you think. If you can stay with it long enough to grasp the whole opinions of the characters and how they relate to the person's position and time period, it can often be quite shocking. A lot of in depth thought is required, you cannot expect it to be an easy read for one who does not really want to think. 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