Buildings and Landmarks of Medieval Europe

The Middle Ages Revealed

by James B. Tschen-Emmons


What can we learn about long-ago society from structures such as the Tower of London, Ponte Vecchio in Florence, and Speyer Cathedral in Germany?

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November 2016


Pages 347
Volumes 1
Size 8 1/2x11
Topics World History/Culture

Through the use of images, diagrams, and detailed descriptions, this book enables readers to appreciate how the construction, design, and function of famous structures inform our understanding of societies of the past.

Buildings and Landmarks of Medieval Europe: The Middle Ages Revealed makes use of significant buildings as "representative structures" to provide insight into specific cultures, historical periods, or topics of the Middle Ages. The explanations of these buildings' construction, original intended use and change over time, and design elements allow readers to better comprehend what life in European societies of the past was like, covering social, political, economic, and intellectual perspectives.

Readers will be able to apply what they learn from the discussions of the structures to improve their understanding of the historical period as well as their skills of observation and assessment needed to analyze these landmark structures and draw meaningful conclusions about their context and significance. The book's supporting features—a chronology, biographical appendix, glossary, and subject index—help researchers in successfully completing their papers or projects.


  • Supplies fascinating and interactive ways to learn about these buildings and the motivations of the people who created them
  • Spotlights buildings and structures that are visually compelling as well as historically significant in order to heighten readers' interest in the content
  • Ideally suited to support the emerging set of Common Core Standards for Social Studies that specifically calls for students to learn how to integrate information from diverse formats and media
  • Includes photographs of medieval buildings with descriptions and historical analysis, sidebars with additional info and primary sources, illustrations, a bibliography, and a glossary
Author Info

James B. Tschen-Emmons teaches history at North Idaho College and mythology at Northern Virginia Community College's Extended Learning Institute. He is the author of ABC-CLIO's Artifacts from Ancient Rome and Artifacts from Medieval Europe and is a member of the review board for ABC-CLIO's Enduring Questions, part of the Solutions database of online reference and research resources. Previously, Emmons worked as a special collections librarian and manuscript curator at the Maryland Historical Society. He holds a doctorate from the University of California, Santa Barbara.



"A masterful introduction to medieval times and places that is a good choice for public, high school, and college libraries."Booklist

"The work should absorb the attention of armchair travelers and provides a good starting point for beginning students to pursue research on many fronts. Summing Up: Highly recommended. High school, community college, and lower-level undergraduate students; general readers."Choice

"This is a solid start for those researching college projects and an option for general readers traveling to Europe and wanting to know more about historical landmarks."Library Journal

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