Samuel J. Parkinson

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The Wandering Scholars by Helen Waddell
The Wandering Scholars by Helen Waddell
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This is a remarkable book. Originally intended as a history of travelling clerical scholars in the earlier middle ages, it grew into something almost impossible to define. It's a history of latin poetry and poets, written by clerics, from the beginning of late antiquity to the rise of the universities and of vernacular literature in the Romance languages.
But that really doesn't do it justice. It is simply beautiful - witty, fun, joyful, elegant. She writes with all the beauty and density of meaning that her poets do. I don't even read latin, and missed many of her allusive references, but reading this was an absolute delight.
Her learning is stunning - though it's seven decades… Read more
Inventing the Middle Ages: Lives, Works and Ideas &hellip by Norman F. Cantor
This is a fascinating, opinionated romp through the lives, works and influences of some of the key medievalists of the twentieth century. It's insightful, acerbic, and often based on personal knowledge as well as reading. Unfortunately, it's also deeply idiosyncratic, crazily biased, and wildly out of date. Towards the end, it degenerates into bizarre political polemic.

If you enjoy thinking about different movements of historical thought, or want to know a little more about your historical heroes, or to understand a little better what shapes the way we do history, then it is in places great - often for the simple reason that this is the only place to find a potted biography of… Read more
Publishing in Australia by Terence Tam
Publishing in Australia by Terence Tam
1.0 out of 5 stars Advertising, 30 July 2013
The author of this book works for bookpal, a self-publisher, and they published this book, and it encourages you to self-publish. It's hardly unbiased advice from a successful author.

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