By Marc A. Meyer

The tradition of Christendom brings jointly unique essays via uncommon historians on medieval eu heritage. Their variety displays the breadth of Denis Bethell's personal pursuits, which notwithstanding targeted at the excessive medieval church encompassed the tradition of the center a long time as a complete.

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Aspen, London school teachers, the first of whom signed a barbarian invasions map much changed from Le Sage's. Some improvements embodied in Lavoisne's atlas were genuine, but there was worsening, too, and the share of appropriation far outweighed the editorial changes. 26 Besides, the 'method' of Le Sage was extended to the New World: two Philadelphia publishers, Henry Charles Carey and Isaac Lea, joined forces in A Complete Historical, Chronological, and Geographical American Atlas . . to the Year 1822, whose title and explicit acknowledgements gladly reveal the inspiration of Las Cases and Lavoisne.

Though the layout adopted for the Atlas may have forced his hand, the division of a single map into five has the advantage of helping readers to grasp the invasions as a process extending over time. Houze is nevertheless a lacklustre historian, given to touches of incompetence in the accompanying letterpress. He informs us, for example, of a period in which the Byzantine Empire experienced Toccupation des Bulgares'. The commercial success of Las Cases's atlas may not have encouraged professionalism in historical cartography.

Keith Johnston, Europe Showing the General Direction of the Barbarian Inroads on the Fall of the Roman Empire, in School Atlas of Classical Geography (Edinburgh and London, 1853), pi.

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