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Although daily dangers were many, housing uncomfortable, and the dominant smells unpleasant indeed, life in England at the turn of the previous millennium was not at all bad, write journalists Lacey and Danziger. "If you were to meet an Englishman in the year 1000," they continue, "the first thing that would strike you would be how tall he was--very much the size of anyone alive today." The Anglo-Saxons were not only tall, but also generally well fed and healthy, more so than many Britons only a few generations ago. Writing in a breezy, often humorous style, Lacey and Danziger draw on the medieval Julius Work Calendar, a document detailing everyday life around A.D. 1000, to reconstruct the spirit and reality of the era. Light though their touch is, they've done their homework, and they take the reader on a well-documented and enjoyable month-by-month tour through a single year, touching on such matters as religious belief, superstition, medicine, cuisine, agriculture, and politics, as well as contemporary ideas of the self and society. Readers should find the authors' discussions of famine and plague a refreshing break from present-day millennial worries, and a very stimulating introduction to medieval English history. --Gregory McNamee --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Interesting survey of the times. Not "just" the year 1000, actually about 4 centuries surrounding. Good review of English, European and Vatican history. Read morePublished 1 month ago by CT reader
Good overview, but is largely England's history of the time.Published 2 months ago by Gabbard Publications (Consignment)
A very readable and clever book. Brilliant structure, basing the chapters on aspects of life from the 12 months of the (then) contemporary Julius Work Calendar and the equally... Read morePublished 4 months ago by Harry
Looked into this book, it is a Christmas gift for my husband, and I know he will be very interested in the info in here!Published 6 months ago by eggmama
I really enjoyed reading this. It is good and fun history writing. I was doing some research for a project and this was exactly the kind of information I needed, and presented in... Read morePublished 7 months ago by SG
I really liked this because it listed every chapter as a month of the year and what the people did every month.Published 9 months ago by Thomas G.