'Jacques Le Goff is one of the most distinguised of the French medieval historians of his generation, a generation in which the French have consistently set the pace for medieval studies.' Maurice Keen, New York Review of Books
"The richness, imaginativeness and sheer learning of Le Goff's work cannot be summarized and demands to be experienced." Times Literary Supplement
'...Stimulating and impressive. It was high time that it should be translated into English' Douglas Johnson, The Observer
"Covering 1000 years of civilazation in Western Europe and illustrated with a wide range of magnificant photographs, this popular and well-established French classic will both delight and inform." Publsihing News
"Combines illuminating generalizations with appealing nuggets of fact." Jasper Griffin
A rich portrait of the medieval world which historians will admire and any general reader can read with enjoyment." The Independent
"Le Goff has taken the whole of Western Europe as a temporal sequence and he has asked what are the conceptual schemes which give it coherence. It is the structuralist scheme which makes this book stimulating and impressive. It was high time that it should be translated into English." The Observer
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.