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Medieval England: An Encyclopedia.

Szarmach, Paul E., M. Teresa Tavormina, and Joel T. Rosenthal, eds. Medieval England: An Encyclopedia.

New York and London: Garland Publishing, 1998. lxiv + 882 pp. index. $135. ISBN: 0-8240-5786-4.

Covering the time period from the fifth to the turn of the sixteenth century; this encyclopedia treats topics related to the broad categories of "Old English and Middle English Language and Literature, Music and Liturgy, Art History, and History." Although it emphasizes English culture, it also "indicate[s] the cultural influences that link England to the rest of Europe" in this period. The entries, ranging from "Anglo-Saxon Invasions and Conquest" to "Yeavering," are of use to beginning students and advanced scholars alike, as each entry contains both succinct summaries and extensive bibliographic guides to further reading in both primary and secondary source material. The alphabetically ordered entries are accompanied by a prefatory list of entries arranged by category, cross references in each entry to related topics covered by the volume, and an index. The encyclopedia also includes illustrations, and tables listing the following: the kings and queens of England, the archbishops of Canterbury and York, s elected musical and liturgical terms, and architectural terms.
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Publication:Renaissance Quarterly
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Date:Dec 22, 1999
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