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Encyclopedia of Society and Culture in the Medieval World, 4-Volume Set
  • Trim Size: 8-1/2 x 11
  • ISBN-10: 0816069360
  • ISBN-13: 978-0-8160-6936-1
  • Status: In Stock
  • List Price: $360.00
  • Imprint: Facts On File
  • Published: 06/01/2008
  • Dewey Number: 909
  • Reading Level: Grades 9 and up
  • Pages: 1360


The four-volume Encyclopedia of Society and Culture in the Medieval World provides readers with comprehensive coverage of the medieval world, from the fall of Rome to the European Renaissance, including Western and non-Western cultures and civilizations.

Following an introduction that outlines the history of the major centers of civilization, this authoritative set features 71 alphabetical entries that explore specific topics—such as architecture, economy, art, and the military—followed by subsections on Africa, the Americas, Asia, Europe, and the Islamic World. These insightful entries—including 12 on "major" topics with more in-depth coverage—allow readers to compare and contrast events in different areas of the world with ease. Key articles are supported by primary source documents, and a list of further reading complements each entry. More than 200 black-and-white photographs, maps, and sidebars accompany the text, and a glossary, chronology, general bibliography, and comprehensive index round out this accessible set.

Entries include:

  • Agriculture
  • Alchemy and magic
  • Cities
  • Climate and geography
  • Clothing and footwear
  • Drama and theater
  • Empires and dynasties
  • Family
  • Foreigners and barbarians
  • Gender structures and roles
  • Health and disease
  • Inventions
  • Literature
  • Mining, quarrying, and salt making
  • Money and coinage
  • Music and musical instruments
  • Natural disasters
  • Occupations
  • Religion and cosmology
  • Resistance and dissent
  • Roads and bridges
  • Sacred sites
  • Scandals and corruption
  • Seafaring and navigation
  • Ships and shipbuilding
  • Slaves and slavery
  • Towns and villages
  • Trade and exchange
  • War and conquest
  • Weights and measures
  • and more.


Black-and-white photographs. Maps. Index. Bibliography. Glossary. Chronology. Sidebars. In four volumes.

About the Author(s)

Editor-in-chief Pam J. Crabtree received her Ph.D. in anthropology from the University of Pennsylvania. She is an associate professor of anthropology at New York University, where she has worked since 1990. Crabtree was an assistant professor of anthropology at Princeton University and a research fellow at the Museum Applied Science Center for Archaeology at the University of Pennsylvania. She has written several books and many scholarly articles on archaeology, and is the editor of Medieval Archaeology: An Encyclopedia and a coeditor of Ancient Europe, 8000 B.C. to A.D. 1000: An Encyclopedia of the Barbarian World, which was named one of the "Best Reference Sources" by Library Journal.

Reviews and Awards

"...a useful complement to medieval reference sources for high school, undergraduate, and public libraries. Recommended."


“…very readable…High school students, college undergraduates, and general readers should find this set very useful.”
American Reference Books Annual

“…a quality, easy-to-use undergraduate encyclopedia…recommended for high-school, undergraduate, and public libraries in need of a medieval reference.”


“…[a] well-organized resource…The writing is clear and straightforward…A useful and important set.”

School Library Journal

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