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Extremely valuable - but a secular perspective,
This review is from: The Time Traveller's Guide to Medieval England: A Handbook for Visitors to the Fourteenth Century (Paperback)
This is an enjoyable, informative, fascinating and valuable book which I recommend highly.
However, it has one major flaw, which is that it is written throughout from a thoroughly secular (specifically non-Christian) perspective - frequently leaving-out the religious dimension and often adopting an attitude of skeptical mockery.
This means that its portrayal of an age of faith is in fact radically-incomplete and deeply distorted; since the 'good things' of Medieval life are seen merely in terms of worldly pleasures (which were relatively few and far-between); whereas for Medieval England the spiritual realm was, even when not dominant, certainly extraordinarily powerful and pervasive.