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5.0 out of 5 stars Great Book
My 10 year old son loved this book as he is really into this time in histroy. It makes history very accessable to younger readers.
Published 7 months ago by Katrine Vogt

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1.0 out of 5 stars inaccurate and confused
Book 1 of this series was very good until the rather rushed last chapter. Book 2 is sadly awful. The author doesn't seem to actually know much about the period of history she has chosen to write on. She has muddled the time line so that she assumes things about characters (Prince Vladimir the Great for example) that simply couldn't have happened - he didn't join the...
Published on 30 Mar 2012 by michelle scott


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1.0 out of 5 stars inaccurate and confused, 30 Mar 2012
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This review is from: The Story of the World: Middle Ages from the Fall of Rome to the Rise of the Renaissance v. 2: History for the Classical Child (Story of the World: History for the Classical Child) (Paperback)
Book 1 of this series was very good until the rather rushed last chapter. Book 2 is sadly awful. The author doesn't seem to actually know much about the period of history she has chosen to write on. She has muddled the time line so that she assumes things about characters (Prince Vladimir the Great for example) that simply couldn't have happened - he didn't join the Orthodox Church, as the author asserts, as it didn't actually exist at this point in history. He was baptised Byzantine Catholic. She then makes some strange editorial decisions that leave out huge foundational knowledge - such as the work of the education system and how it effected knowledge, medicine and culture. Then the "stories" are told without the foundational knowledge so the children don't get what happened or why.
Her knowledge of English history, especially Henry VIII is laughable. She says how pleased Henry was to hear of Luther! Henry VIII was so voilently anti Lutheran that Ann Boleyn had to hide her religious views from him. She also quite wrongly states that Catherine's marriage to Arthur was "real". I don't know if she has personal access to historical documents that no one else has but the marriage was annulled on Catherine's sworn oath that (as Arthur was very young) the marriage had not been consummated.
There are a number of other places where I have had to correct or expand the information for it to make sense.
As the author is so astonishingly inaccurate on European history which I do know about I can't trust what she says about other countries which I know a lot less about.
This is a shame as the reason I bought Story of the WORLD was because my knowledge of history outside Europe and the America's isn't strong.
I would never dream of writing a book on a subject I know so little about- frankly it's dishonest.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great Book, 21 Dec 2013
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This review is from: The Story of the World: Middle Ages from the Fall of Rome to the Rise of the Renaissance v. 2: History for the Classical Child (Story of the World: History for the Classical Child) (Paperback)
My 10 year old son loved this book as he is really into this time in histroy. It makes history very accessable to younger readers.
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