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A flawed but ulitimately useful work,
This review is from: The Inheritance of Rome: A History of Europe from 400 to 1000 (Paperback)
There isn't much for me to add here, but I'll give my opinion briefly anyway.
This is a book I learnt an awful lot from - it has made me ponder many fascinating points and has very successfully set a framework for my further reading into Early Middle Ages. I very much pleased that this book has done that for me.
A drawback to this is that it wasn't the most enjoyable history books I've ever read. I found it to be a very straight book, and, as many people here say, a detailed one. This isn't bad in itself, of course, I'd be the first to say I'm not a fan of journalistic or light histories. Perhaps it's more to do with the way it is written, and the way the information is presented - though I personally couldn't begin to explain such things.
But anyway, one can garner a lot from this work if you put your mind to it, and it earns my respect for that.