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This review is from: Vanished Kingdoms: The History of Half-Forgotten Europe (Hardcover)
Of all historians writing today, Norman Davies is the master of the well-placed anecdote. His beautifully written book follows his works on Europe and `The Isles' but tackles the ghostly shades of extinct states and their fading echoes. There is no scheme or even common thread between the choices of state and, if there is a weakness in the book, that is it. No matter. Davies's idea is original and utterly beguiling; the reader is swept along on a crest of yarn and enthusiastic reminiscence. The learning and research is worn lightly. This work will be remembered more for its value as entertainment than as an opus to be consulted by scholars, but it is thoroughly recommended to the curious and intelligent general reader.