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on 4 January 2011
This book is an impressively presented volumne, stylish binding and glossy pages; it would be alleviated by more more illustrations (apart from that too-oft repeated labyrinth dotted around the place).
There is quite a lot of detail, sometimes repeated from page to page, as if the reader were a bit simple-minded. These details aren't closely referenced and sometimes there are errors (for example, Richard 1st was not the half-brother of Philip 2nd of France).
My main disappointment was in the writing style, I had expected better. The book is very far from gripping, and although it has to include quite a lot of detail, I had expected it to be an "easier" read, and more involving.
Nonetheless, for those interested in these sagas, it is a worthwile book. For those who are not already interested, I doubt it will stir them.