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Fire and Fever [DVD]
Fire and Fever [DVD]
Dvd ~ The History File

6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Interesting Traditional Account, 9 July 2009
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An interesting but traditional account of the Great Fire and the Plague. In recent times there has been quite good evidence that the disease was not the plague but something akin to Ebola given the pattern of the incidence of the disease in villages where it was spread from house to house of related families who would visit one another rather than between adjacent houses which would be required if fleas were to blame. The symptoms also seem to reflect an Ebola type disease rather than the plague. This new research was not mentioned in the film which stuck to the traditional theory of fleas spreading a plague.


Orkneyinga Saga: The History of the Earls of Orkney (Classics)
Orkneyinga Saga: The History of the Earls of Orkney (Classics)
by Hermann Palsson
Edition: Paperback
Price: £8.99

15 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Bloodthirsty Account of the Norse Vikings in Orkney, 30 May 2009
My interest in the Norse Vikings relates to my R1a1 DNA. I had felt a thrill of being a descendant of Norse Vikings but having read the Orkneyinga Saga I must admit to being somewhat embarrassed to having such a bloodthirsty set of ancestors!! This edition is carefully translated so that the language and story flow smoothly giving the reader a good idea of the raw power, double dealing, murder and intrigue that was the life of these seafarers who settled Orkney a millennium ago. A must read for anyone interested in Norse Viking matters


Walking in Norway: A Walking Guide (Cicerone Mountain Walking)
Walking in Norway: A Walking Guide (Cicerone Mountain Walking)
by Constance Roos
Edition: Paperback
Price: £12.95

3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A handy little guide, 30 May 2009
Being from NZ I have only visited Norway a couple of times, once on business and the second time touring involving lots of single day walks. From this distance its hard to comprehend what trail and hut conditions are like and I had no idea that there are chains of serviced and self serviced huts along the mountain trails so I have been able to identify several long distance walks that I would like to undertake one day. The book has enabled me to work out which hiking maps I need and having bought these I am well on the way towards booking my next trip to Norway! I thoroughly recommend this book.


The Horse, the Wheel, and Language: How Bronze-Age Riders from the Eurasian Steppes Shaped the Modern World
The Horse, the Wheel, and Language: How Bronze-Age Riders from the Eurasian Steppes Shaped the Modern World
by David W. Anthony
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £38.65

12 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Tour de Force, 29 April 2009
This book was just what I was looking for. It sets out theories explaining the arrival in Europe of the Indo European language speakers and their culture through a stunningly logical build up of the facts. As a lay person I found the first half of the book most interesting with its analysis of Proto Indo European language development, but the subsequent archaeological material was really interesting too.


Archaeology in Denmark (Discovering)
Archaeology in Denmark (Discovering)
by James Dyer
Edition: Paperback

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Old But Good, 29 April 2009
Published in 1972 this book's contents is obviously quite old, but I found the site descriptions, black and white photos and location notes worth having. A couple of sites seem to have assumed different names nowadays, while details of many of them can be accessed on the internet now.


The Megalithic European: The 21st Century Traveller in Prehistoric Europe
The Megalithic European: The 21st Century Traveller in Prehistoric Europe
by Julian Cope
Edition: Hardcover

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Brilliant if Idiosyncratic Tour of Europe's Megaliths, 29 April 2009
The excellent colour photographs and site access notes have helped me to select many places to visit later this year. Its a wonderful resource book although somewhat quaint in its style - like an illustrated personalised diary of the author's sometimes idiosyncratic travels in search of prehistoric sites around Europe. Despite this I am delighted to own it.


British Prehistoric Rock Art
British Prehistoric Rock Art
by Stan Beckensall
Edition: Paperback

5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Comprehensive Guide, 29 April 2009
I have visited a number of rock art sites and this book is just what I was looking for in order to evaluate other such sites for future visits to Britain. Stan Beckensall's book largely restricts itself to the known facts: descriptions, diagrams, photos and location details for the major British rock art sites with only a little speculation as to their origins and meanings, so he keeps the text firmly grounded in fact.


The Architecture of Death: The Chambered Tombs of Wales
The Architecture of Death: The Chambered Tombs of Wales
by George Nash
Edition: Paperback

4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Guide, 29 April 2009
An excellent guide to the top 100 prehistoric sites to visit in Wales. The book has detailed descriptions with black and white photos and has enabled me to make a prioritised list of sites to visit on future trips to the UK. Whilst national grid references are given for each site, it would have been a good idea to include a small location map with each site.


The Standing Stones Of Europe: A Guide to the Great Megalithic Monuments
The Standing Stones Of Europe: A Guide to the Great Megalithic Monuments
by Jean Bradbery
Edition: Hardcover

5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars A sceptic's review, 29 April 2009
I bought this second hand book by post relying on its title and not realising that the authors were into the mystical aspects of megalithic sites and criticism of the scientific approach taken by archeaologists.
Not for me, but if you are interested in Ley lines then perhaps you might like it!!


The Dolmens and Passage Graves of Sweden: An Introduction and Guide (UCL Institute of Archaeology Publications)
The Dolmens and Passage Graves of Sweden: An Introduction and Guide (UCL Institute of Archaeology Publications)
by Christopher Tilley
Edition: Paperback
Price: £49.99

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Layman's Review, 29 April 2009
For anyone wanting to visit the prehistoric sites of Sweden, this book is a must. The author details dozens and dozens of sites across southern Sweden with summary notes on each including excavation histories,black and white photos, a star rating for levels of interest, location maps and directions to reach each site. I plan to use the book on a visit to Sweden later this year. Be sure to get the erratum sheet as there are a few small things missed in the final printing of the book eg on page 54 some maps are missing. In addition on page 97 the map is printed in reverse, on page 146 the Base Map 6 has the Sub map 5 (Karleby) not identified and on page 157 based on looking at my 1:50,000 Terrangkarten map of the area the access notes for Karleby 1 should read "Turn right [signpost Asle]" (not "left [signpost Asle]" as printed)


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