Our understanding of medieval Central and Eastern Europe is being revitalized by new directions in cultural history. Careful and detailed portraits of fourteenth- and fifteenth-century life in the region shed new light on the city, the court, the school and university, the economy, and prevailing ideas, and expand our vision of the interplay between religion, politics, music and memory. Gorecki and Van Deusen present the region in its intimate relationship with other regions of Europe: the commercial, intellectual, and social networks that naturally connect Poland and its neighbours to centres in Italy, France and Germany, as well as the broad areas of contact, cultural sharing, and similarity of patterns.This book thus contributes to the problem of 'Europe' - as a region and as a construct. Offering us nothing less than a new cultural history of the region, "Central and Eastern Europe in the Middle Ages" will be invaluable for scholars working on the cultural, economic and social history of Central and Eastern Europe.
Piotr Gorecki is professor of history at the University of California, Riverside, and director of the California Medieval History Seminar (Huntington Library). He is the author of 'Economy, Society, and Lordship in Medieval Poland, 1100-1250', 'Parishes, Tithes, and Society in Early Medieval Poland, c. 1100-c. 1250', 'A Local Society in Transition: The Henrykow Book and Related Documents', and as co-editor with Warren C. Brown, 'Conflict in Medieval Europe: Changing Perspectives on Society and Culture'. Nancy van Deusen is professor of musicology, director of the Claremont Consortium in Medieval and Early Modern Studies and holds the Louis and Mildred Benezet Chair in the Humanities at the Claremont Colleges and the Claremont Graduate University. She is the author of more than a dozen books, including, among others, 'Music and Theology at the Early University: The Case of Robert Grosseteste and Anonymous IV'. She is a Fellow of the Medieval Academy of America.