Tuesday, January 3, 2012

The Middle Ages - Morris Bishop

I just finished Morris Bishops book The Middle Ages and was extremely pleased with the author's attention to detail as well as the format of the book and including the general flow and feel. Bishop does a fantastic job guiding the reader from the Romeo-British Carrolingian period through to the Early Middle Ages through the Dark Ages to the spurring of the Renaissance. This book is complete and full of very detailed descriptions of medieval life from the lowly serf to the noble lord. The book adequately covers the differences between feudalism and manorialism and illustrates the art of war, the art of architecture and the life of both the serf and noble. Bishop does an admirable job of defending the enlightened discoveries of the medieval times. I highly recommend this book for anyone who is a scholar of medieval history or who is interested in the period.


  1. Bishop was quite the scholar -- his *Survey of French Literature* is a classic.

  2. I will have to check it out. Thanks Bard. I am about to start The Knight by Alan Baker. I seem to be on a medieval kick between reading Pathfinder and my friend's world of Aysle. (Maybe to be an rpg set in medieval times published by us).