Please Note: This edition is now sold out and there is a new second edition available â€” ISBN 9781442606029. Following her highly acclaimed A Short History of the Middle Ages, Barbara H. Rosenwein now presents a unique edited collection of documents and readings. Spanning the period from c.300 to c.1500, the ambitious Reading the Middle Ages incorporates in a systematic fashion Islamic and Byzantine materials alongside Western readings. Reading the Middle Ages is also available in two volumes for those who have a full year to teach the middle ages. These volumes split at Chapter 5, which is contained in both Volume I and Volume II.