A Brief History of Life in the Middle Ages (Brief Histories) Paperback – 12 Mar 2009
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A fascinating new portrait of Medieval Britain that brings together the everyday and the extraordinary.
About the Author
Martyn Whittock is Head of Humanities and History at Kingdown School, Warminster. He is a lecturer in local history and has written numerous textbooks for the educational market. He has been a consultant for the BBC, English Heritage and the National Trust and has written for Medieval History magazine and archaeological journals.
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Top Customer Reviews
series of brief histories, and this particular book by Martyn
Whittock is both an interesting and entertaining addition to
Using his vast knowledge of the period, the author presents
the Middle Ages, that period from the 10th century to the mid
15th century, in extremely readable and informative portions.
We have chapters on Late Anglo Saxon Society,
Population, Diet and Health, The role of women and the family,
Law and Order, Language and Culture, and The shape of
English Society by 1553.
Almost every aspect of life is covered in some depth, with
suggestions for further reading.
Using Primary Sources such as the medieval chronicles of
the time we are led into the period by an author who not only
knows his subject but seems to have lived it too, at least from
a genealogical point of view.
Over 300 pages, with full primary and secondary source notes,
an excellent bibliography and index.
Well worth buying whether you are a student of the period, a
history buff, or need to use the book as a vade mecum to check
up on facts and dates.
Recommended to anyone with an interest in this period of history who wants an insight into life at the time but does not want to be engulfed in too much economic detail. Christopher Dyer is the writer to go for to glean more in-depth information and analysis.
One can use this book as a primer for more in depth studies or as a kind of general guide book of the times. It's very interesting to read with the help of a computer, which means that one is able to look up references - such as churches, or towns - immediately and see what they look/looked like. You could almost plan a very interesting tour of the UK using this book to plan visits to churches, towns and DMV's (deserted medieval villages).
I found myself sitting down and reading this as a novel, which means hard to put down. Whilst at the same time discovering plenty of new information and of course developing my curiosity to find out more.
Excellent read and well recommended for everybody who is interested to learn more about this period.
The general demographic explanations are very interesting in general and easily readable. Topics include the character of late Anglo-Saxon society, religion, population, diet and health, law and order, language and culture and much, much more. Most of the topics are covered really well and interesting but I thought a considerable portion of the content on religion provided too much information and lacked depth. I would have preferred to have read a more concise but in depth explanation on the Christian beliefs of the times. Here I thought the author attempted to strangle the reader with too much information due to the complexity and importance that such beliefs had during those times.
Despite this however, it is still a really good read and sheds light on a lot of areas that was hitherto unknown to me. Three stars still makes it a very entertaining read.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
such an interesting well written easy to digest book. I really enjoyed itPublished 7 months ago by Julieb
A marvelous readable book that tied in nicely with some local studies talks and courses I have been doing at Suffolk Records Office. Read morePublished 8 months ago by WildWoodDreamer
You can tell that the author is a school teacher and lay reader because he explains things and makes them interesting. Read morePublished 10 months ago by Mr. D. P. Jay
I enjoyed this book ,it was easy to read and not dry .l would have liked more insight into family life ,and found the more domestic items interesting . Read morePublished 15 months ago by Medici
A lot that is interesting and useful undoubtedly, but from what I have read of it I have two major issues. Read morePublished 16 months ago by Medieval Lady
This has been bought as a Christmas present, I hope the recipient will like it.Published 21 months ago by Buyer50
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