Medieval Europe Lib/E (Library)

Chris Wickham (Author) Derek Perkins (Read by)


A spirited and thought-provoking history of the vast changes that transformed Europe during the 1,000-year span of the Middle Ages

The millennium between the breakup of the western Roman Empire and the Reformation was a long and hugely transformative period-one not easily chronicled within the scope of a few hundred pages. Yet distinguished historian Chris Wickham has taken up the challenge in this landmark book, and he succeeds in producing the most riveting account of medieval Europe in a generation.

Tracking the entire sweep of the Middle Ages across Europe, Wickham focuses on important changes century by century, including such pivotal crises and moments as the fall of the western Roman Empire, Charlemagne's reforms, the feudal revolution, the challenge of heresy, the destruction of the Byzantine Empire, the rebuilding of late medieval states, and the appalling devastation of the Black Death. He provides illuminating vignettes that underscore how shifting social, economic, and political circumstances affected individual lives and international events. Wickham offers both a new conception of Europe's medieval period and a provocative revision of exactly how and why the Middle Ages matter.

Product Details

$100.00  $92.00
Blackstone Publishing
Publish Date
January 31, 2017
Compact Disc
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About the Author

Chris Wickham is the Chichele Professor of Medieval History at the University of Oxford. His many books include The Inheritance of Rome: A History of Europe from 400 to 1000, Framing the Early Middle Ages, and Courts and Conflict in Twelfth-Century Tuscany.
Derek Perkins is a professional narrator and voice actor. He has earned numerous AudioFile Earphones Awards and the prestigious Audie Award for Best Narration, as well as numerous Society of Voice Arts nominations. AudioFile magazine named him a Best Voice consecutively in 2014, 2015, and 2016. Augmented by a knowledge of three foreign languages and a facility with accents, he has narrated numerous titles in a wide range of fiction and nonfiction genres.


Derek Perkins' narration of the audiobook's often complex sentences uses tone, pauses, and emphasis to elucidate their meaning...He has a fine voice, and his reading is articulate, intelligent, and unaffected. He has the gift of making texts seem like his own work, which he's narrating to, or simply telling, the listener. Each sentence benefits from his relaxed yet polished clarity; by his interpretation, he lends the listener his own perspicacity.

-- "AudioFile"

Far-ranging, fluent, and thoughtful-of considerable interest to students of history writ large, and not just of Europe.

-- "Kirkus Reviews (starred review)"

A dazzling race through a complex millennium...for the serious historian this is a thought-provoking study by an expert.

-- "Publishers Weekly"

This bold, sweeping narrative covers the entire sweep of European history between the years 400-1500.

-- "Bookseller"