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Medieval Life (DK Eyewitness Books) Hardcover – August 2, 2004

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From School Library Journal

Grade 5-8?Like most of the books in this series, this introduction to the Middle Ages gives a clear picture of life and the times through a combination of brief text and an abundance of high-quality pictures with descriptive and informative captions. Beginning with an overview of the period and its societal structure, the book deals with various aspects of daily life among the different levels of society, the role and influence of religion, jobs, culture and the arts, health and disease, and a look forward to the coming Renaissance. All topics are covered in a double-page spread. The result is a clear, interestingly presented overview of medieval life. Details in the pictures such as an underlayer of clothing or the use of a variety of knives will intrigue children and help them gain a sense of life during this period. The excellent illustrations combine art reproductions and drawings and photographs of various objects. Children will find much to interest them here and the format encourages browsing; however, the visual and written information make this title also useful for reports and projects.?Jane Gardner Connor, South Carolina State Library, Columbia
Copyright 1996 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

From Kirkus Reviews

This sweeping visual presentation of medieval life in Europe demonstrates the strengths and weaknesses of historical titles in the Eyewitness series. A thousand years of European history are spanned in relatively few pages of briefly captioned, brightly colored photographs and reproductions. Any of these pages will make readers want to know more. (It will also make them wonder, ``How do we know that?'' without giving them a bibliography or other sources of further information.) Readers won't always know exactly what they're looking at: In a typical spread, entitled ``Holy Orders,'' there are photographs of objects from the 7th through the 13th centuries. The countries of origin are not always given; while some pieces are from the period, others look like modern reproductions. Many photos are just too small, e.g., the elaborate tapestry of the Hanseatic League is reduced almost to the size of a postage stamp. There are no maps, and the text is so abbreviated as to sound superficial: ``Peasants spent most of the daylight hours outside, so the drafts and little light from their unglazed windows did not trouble them.'' A book that's mostly for browsers. (index) (Nonfiction. 10-14) -- Copyright ©1996, Kirkus Associates, LP. All rights reserved. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 8 - 12 years
  • Grade Level: 3 - 7
  • Hardcover: 72 pages
  • Publisher: DK Children (August 2, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0756607051
  • ISBN-13: 978-0756607050
  • Product Dimensions: 8.8 x 0.4 x 11.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,088,689 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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26 of 27 people found the following review helpful By yarden on January 28, 2001
Format: Hardcover
DK eyewitness books are some of the greatest non-fiction books around. The distinctive white background and high-quality photography gives this book an edge over any other nonfiction picture book. And -- these pictures are real! They're beautiful museum-quality photos of all things related to medival times, accompanied by informative captions and text.
Learn about medieval life, from peasants to rich folks, their clothes, food, music, etc. The strength in this book lies in the photos, however, and this book isn't an exhaustive history of medieval times. Rather, it serves as a hook to interest people, and induce them to dig further, while giving them a bit more knowledge.
If you know someone (young or old) who is fascinated by medieval times, then you must introduce them to this book!
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By J. Grambo on August 20, 2009
Format: Hardcover
In the Dorling Kindersley style, wonderful photographs of clothing, tools, furniture, weapons, musical instruments and more. I especially liked the page describing the process of illuminating and gilding a manuscript. Grades 6-12
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15 of 17 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on May 31, 1998
Format: Hardcover
Knights, castles and medieval ways are vividly brought to life in this excellent book. Eyewitness books give you all the information you need in short text and captioned pictures...and they keep children's attention!
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By M. Heiss on October 19, 2011
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I have such high expectations for DK Eyewitness books. As a rule, the photography and visuals are engaging and instructive, the captions are excellent for gleaning additional details, and the text is comprehensive and clear.

This book has the visuals and the captions. But... and this is probably due to space constraints... the book focused on medieval life in England and France, to the near-exclusion of any information about the rest of Europe. Taking 1,000 years of history across a continent and crimping it to discuss only a small geographic area was unsatisfying.

Also, feudalism, customs, habits, and technology *did* change across ten centuries, but this book present the Middle Ages as static and monolithic. What was true at a feast in England in 1275 was probably not true of a feast in Spain in 780 or in Germany in 1066. Things change and fashions change, albeit slowly in this time period.

The book did not do a good job capturing how insular people were in the Middle Ages.

Still the visuals are excellent. Round this out with "A Medieval Castle (Inside Story)" by Fiona MacDonald or "Castle" by David Macaulay.
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23 of 28 people found the following review helpful A Kid's Review on July 25, 2005
Format: Hardcover
I AM IN GRADE 4 AND I LEARNED ABOUT THE MIDDLE AGES

IT WAS A GREAT GREAT UNIT BETTER THAN MATH AND ENGLISH

I GOT AN A PLUS ON MY TEST I JUST LOVE HISTORY.I DK BOOKS
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Valarie Minnick on April 18, 2012
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As a Middle School Humanities teacher, I assigned this to my students as part of their summer reading. DK Eyewitness Books are uniformly engaging, and when students returned in September, many told me how much they loved this book. The images are excellent, the text highly descriptive, and the end result is that the students, their curiosity piqued, were ready to learn more. The book sat on my bedside table for about a week, and each night I read a few pages, and from my reading, developed ideas for classes, and research projects. Even for kids outside of a school setting, this is a great volume to have.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Canadianladybug on May 28, 2014
Format: Hardcover
This specific title will allow you to discover medieval Europe from life in a country manor to the streets of a growing town. The book covers multiple subjects like the Middles Ages, medieval society, a peasant’s life, tied to the soil, running a manor, a medieval home, from kitchen to table, medieval women, great barons, royal court, medieval soldier, the church, building a cathedral, art of decoration, holy orders, life in a monastery, the written word, saints and pilgrims, the Islamic world, trade and commerce, life in the town, the guild masters, the stonemasons, fairs and feast days, medieval music, plays and parades, death and disease, the birth of new age, and more.

Packed with information and stunning pictures, the book will inform you on all you need to know about the life during the medieval times. A couple of years ago, we had the privilege to attend Medieval Times in Toronto as part of an educational day. And through the pages of this book that I am reviewing today, I can recall the information that we received on that special lunch we had at a popular place to visit in Toronto.

As I am writing this – looking at the picture of the kids and I sitting at the table at Medieval Times, the book is open to the page of setting of the table during the Medieval era. It’s interesting to see that the banquet was similar to that lunch we had a couple of years ago and that the setting at Medieval Times respected the setting on the Middle Ages table (though with plastic cups and dishes made in China).

This specific book – Medieval Life – is essentially a great way to discover life during the Middle Ages and how people would live and work.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Alexander Kogan on October 30, 2008
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I bought this for my 12-year old granddaughter as part of an effort to build a classics library for her (since the schools no long seem to stress the classics); she read it through, so the effort was worthwhile.
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