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entertaining and enlightening,
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This review is from: God's Philosophers: How the Medieval World Laid the Foundations of Modern Science (Paperback)
James Hannam has written a book that romps along, bringing to life a host of colourful characters from the Middle Ages who in their various ways contributed to our "civilisation" as we know it today. It is humbling to read about how brilliant some of them were - and brave - in a world that was often brutal, and at a time when education was not accessible to all. The amount of travelling and sharing of knowledge across Europe is also amazing for those days.
The book is packed with fascinating and lively details, and yet has obviously been researched with the meticulous thoroughness of a scholar's mind. I couldn't put it down, and have been quoting from it ever since I finished the last page.
All in all, an entertaining and illuminating book that is both very readable and instructive - the perfect combination in a good read!