Paris, 1200 [Paperback]

Item : Paris, 1200 [Paperback]
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Author Author : Baldwin, John
ISBN-10 ISBN-10 : 080477207X
ISBN-13 ISBN-13 : 9780804772075
Publisher Publisher : Stanford University Press
Pages Pages : 304
Binding Binding : Paperback
Item ID : 100240155

Paris in 1200 was a city in transition. The great cathedral of Notre Dame was halfway through its construction and walls were being built to enclose the new, larger limits of the city. Pope Innocent III ordered all French churches closed to punish King Philip Augustus for his remarriage; the king himself negotiated an unprecedented truce with the English; and the students of Paris threatened a general strike, punctuated with incidents of violence, to protest infringements of their rights.

John W. Baldwin brilliantly resurrects this key moment in Parisian history using documents only from 1190 to 1210a narrow focus made possible by the availability of collections of the Capetian monarchy and the medieval scholastic thinkers. This unique approach results in a vivid snapshot of the city at the turn of the thirteenth century.

Paris, 1200introduces the reader to the city itself and its inhabitants. Three faces exemplify these inhabitants: that of the celebrated scholar Pierre the Chanter, of King Philip Augustus, and of the more deeply hidden visages of women. The book examines the city's primary institutions: the royal government, the Church, and its celebrated schools that evolved into the university at Paris. Finally, it offers an account of the delights and pleasures, as well as the fears and sorrows, of Parisian life in this period.

I loved this book. In it, one of the great scholars of medieval French history brings to bear a lifetime of inquiry and knowledge in a 250-page volume that is at once an introduction and a work of consummate scholarship. This book makes use of vivid primary documents to provide a fascinating portrait of Paris in the year 1200: a key moment in its history, when the modern French capital was being born.John Baldwin is Charles Horner Haskins Professor Emeritus of History at Johns Hopkins University. He is the author ofAristocratic Life in Medieval France: The Romances of Jean Renart and Gerbert de Montreuil, lÉ\

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