A Python's Guide to the Past
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Sounds fascinating. Just added it to my wishlist. Thanks for bringing it up.
P.S. I found the review that says "Haven't read it yet" especially helpful. :-)
I saw the "Haven't read it yet" review and had a silent chuckle to myself as well.
He wrote another really excellent one called Medieval Lives which I highly recommend!!!
Could you tell a little more about the book, please? The only review here just says that it makes history fun. I think history (when you dig into it) is already fun. :-)
Well, it is a well written, well researched book on the ins and outs of everyday life in the Middle ages. History is fun, but not all history books are fun, if you get my meaning :-) This one is. He covers alot of interesting points that are often glossed over as 'unimportant' by other writers, such as the importance of buttons in women's dress (hello curves!) and so on, and some interesting facts on women's rights and marriage, among other things (these are just the ones that stand out in my mind). It is not a heavily footnoted standard history book (which I do like too), I really loved it. He's also done a BBC documentary on the Crusades you should try to get ahold of!
Anyone read Kendall's The Yorkist Age? Fairly thick, and covers a small period, so I wondered how much detail I might expect in a book tackling the whole Middle Ages.
I had the great good fortune a few years ago of taking a summer class from Geoffrey Ashe. One of the students asked what film he would recommend for giving the most accurate impression of what Britain in the Arthurian period would really have been like. He said Monte Python and the Holy Grail was the best - all the others romanticized it too much.
Hi, I am brand new to the group but wanted to jump right in. Jones' book sounds great, I am adding it to my wish list. If you like this one, you may like The Medieval Underworld by Andrew McCall if you have not already read it. This books covers those who were on the margins of society who would not or could not conform to society.
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