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.
Truely enjoyed reading this book.
In this book, Lacey and Danziger break the year 1000 into twelve chapters, one for each month, and include important events preceding and following that year.
It is written in a way that is so unlike most history books and would be an interesting and enjoyable read for just about anyone.
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 23 days 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 2 months ago by Thomas G.
I truly enjoyed this book. It is not a detailed history, but more a 'History Lite,' of the times and people in the year 1000 in Engla-lond. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Rainy Day
This is an excellent book. It is highly readable, in fact, difficult to put down, but is also scholarly and very informative. Read morePublished 5 months ago by BtBB
This book was an eye opener for me, putting into perspecitve how life has changed in a millenium. The author has written about the British Isles, but much of the information would... Read morePublished 5 months ago by J. Manly
I am currently half finished with this book and really enjoy the voice of the author. This is a book that could be so very stuffy and its historically rooted but written in much... Read morePublished 5 months ago by Mark Cutright