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Volume I: 350-950 Spans the beginning of the Middle Ages, a period marked not only by change, plague and civil strife but also by the rise of the church, the growing importance of Byzantium and the flowering of the Carolingian Renaissance. Hardback 0 521 26644 0 1989 246 x 189mm 579pp. many half-tones 20 line diagrams Volume II: 950-1250 Begins at the turn of the millennium and covers the extraordinary rebirth of Europe, in terms of demographic expansion, agrarian settlement and organisation, the establishment of towns and villages, the ascendancy of the feudal system, the appearance of formal states and kingdoms, and the dramatic controlling ascendancy of the western Church. Hardback 0 521 26645 9 1997 246 x 189mm 575pp. many half-tones 32 colour plates 16 maps 3 figures Volume III: 1250-1520 Covers the close of the Middle Ages, an era of crisis, plague, famine and civil strife, and yet also, towards its end, of vigorous economic and colonial expansion, intellectual renewal and religious reformation. Hardback 0 521 26646 7 1986 246 x 189mm 554pp. many half tones