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.
The drawings of the calender pages are enough to make this an "invaluable" 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.
Admittedly, I read this book a few years ago now, but I will always remember the title and the authors. I saw this book in a store and it fascinated me. I was a fiction reader. Read morePublished 18 days ago by Eternal Howl
Robert Lacey delivers a text that is Insightful, informative and very interesting. From the narratives of the artwork from the Julius Work Calender to the descriptions of having... Read morePublished 2 months ago by C. Barr
This book is a rambling month-by-month description of everyday life for Anglo-Saxons in the year 1000 AD. Great fun, and light reading. Read morePublished 3 months ago by B. Belschner
I lost my original copy, which was a bit dog-eared after years of use. This short book is filled with tidbits of what it was liked to live in 1000. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Silver Wolf
At one time or another growing up, most of us have thought how it would have been to live in a castle or be able to travel back to an earlier time. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Cam
Read this book followed by 'Canute the Great 995' to obtain a better understanding of Anglo-Saxon values and what we have come to know as Traditional American Values. Read morePublished 7 months ago by Robert Harrold
This book was utterly fascinating. It even managed to gain the interest of my high school English and History classes! Beautifully written, this is a book not to be missed.Published 7 months ago by Elizabeth Mercer Thompson
It is a wonderful book that give one a sense of the continuity of English culture and history. I would like a comp;arable book that describes how the Normans changed... Read morePublished 8 months ago by Erwin Hargrove
This is definitely the first history book I've ever read that I would call a page-turner, and that's due to the authors' engaging style and the complete absence of typos and other... Read morePublished 8 months ago by Persephone67