A Good Introduction,
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This review is from: Kings and Castles (Kindle Edition)
As a collection of essays, Kings and Castles is necessarily bitsy. Essays are not all thematically linked, except through the overarching theme of Kings and Castles. Here and there chapters will overlap, with quotes and comments repeated or paraphrased in slightly different contexts. This is all in the nature of a collection, however, and not to be seen as criticism.
The book is best viewed as introduction to the works of Marc Morris and in this role it serves admirably. The essays span the entirety of Morris' career, from explorations of what constitutes a castle to character analyses of characters such as Edward I. They demonstrate the deft touch, the perceptive argument and - what makes Morris, if not unique certainly unusual in factual history - the humour in his writing. Anyone with an unfulfilled interest in the Middle Ages should start here. They will not be disappointed.