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3.0 out of 5 stars Photos would be nice, 18 Nov 2008
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This review is from: I Believe In Yesterday: My Adventures in Living History (Paperback)
Certainly better than the aptly named 'Nul Points'. Seven historical recreations described in a generally amusing style, though the book does become a little repetitive. The Swiss 1474, and Kentwell 1578 descriptions are the most amusing and informative, because they have the strongest storylines. The two American chapters come across as the weakest, maybe because of overkill by then. What I felt the book really needed was some photos of the characters and places we were reading about.
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Initial post: 1 Dec 2008 10:30:08 GMT
Last edited by the author on 1 Dec 2008 10:30:43 GMT
RandomTudor says:
Tim made the right choice about not having photos for this book (although the "launch review" in the Telegraph colour supplement in early November had a couple).

Why?

Firstly, in most serious historical reenactments, participants are generally discouraged from handling cameras, at least while they are in costume (fine if you pretend to be a member of the public at a public event). This is because it destroys the atmosphere and suspension of dis-belief, and also what Tim describes as the "period rush"

Secondly, it would identify (or worse, mis-identify) some of the people that Tim is writing about, and would limit his freedom as an author to say things that might be seen as critical.

And finally, there would be the whole issue of model clearance and copyright (significant issues for both adults and children).
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