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5.0 out of 5 stars
Excellent thorough readable account, 1 Nov. 2009
I had tried to read the Penguin version with a similar title by Chadwick but it was written in 1966 by an academic whose style I found inaccessible. So I tried this. It is so much easier to read.
What I wanted was a historians treatment of the subject. One that was logical and thorough that could lead me to further study if I chose. Charles Freeman writes well and it ticked all the boxes for me. Very enlightening and engaging. There are good diagrams, a glossary and guide to further reading. It may not be to the liking of Christians (perhaps hence the previous review) but it seemed measured and rational to this ex Christian.