Tag Archives: Middle Ages

Book Review: Birth Of The West

Birth Of The West:  Rome, Germany, France, And The Creation Of Europe In The Tenth Century, by Paul Collins This is an easy book to like, although it is not a very well-organized book it must be admitted.  The author … Continue reading

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Imagined Geographies Of The Celtic Fringe And The Cultural Construction Of The Other In Contemporary America

In his essay “Imagined Geographies Of The Celtic Fringe And The Cultural Construction Of The Other [1],” Keith D. Lilley talks about how the Anglo-Normans colonized the Welsh and Irish by denying their urban culture because it did not square … Continue reading

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Book Review: The Greatest Traitor

The Greatest Traitor:  The Life Of Sir Roger Mortimer, Ruler of England 1327-1330, by Ian Mortimer I find it revealing and more than a little bit of interesting that the author is at pains to mention that he is not … Continue reading

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Book Review: The Tragedy Of The Templars

The Tragedy Of The Templars:  The Rise And Fall Of The Crusader States, by Michael Haag Historians often face a conundrum when it comes to providing context for their books.  On the one hand, with too little context the historian … Continue reading

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Book Review: The Name Of The Rose

The Name Of The Rose, by Umberto Eco I have to admit that this is a book I heard about some time ago but just got around to reading.  Had I read this book before reading other books by the … Continue reading

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Book Review: The Aesthetics Of Thomas Aquinas

The Aesthetics Of Thomas Aquinas, by Umberto Eco This book happens to have been the author’s first book, and while it was a book whose contents were deeply interesting to me, they are not the sort of contents that I … Continue reading

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Medieval Towns, Trade, And Travel

Medieval Towns, Trade, And Travel, by Lynne Elliott When one thinks about the Middle Ages, towns, trade, and travel are not the most obvious things to think of.  After all, if one was seeking to write about the normal experience … Continue reading

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Book Review: The Norman Conquest

The Norman Conquest:  The Battle Of Hastings And The Fall Of Anglo-Saxon England, by Marc Morris This book answers a question that is particularly worthwhile to ponder, and that is how a nation as powerful and wealthy as Anglo-Saxon England … Continue reading

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Book Review: The Land Of Giants

The Land Of Giants:  A Journey Through The Dark Ages, by Max Adams This book is an attempt on the part of the author to walk through different trips in the British isles as a way of better understanding the … Continue reading

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Audiobook Review: Great Courses: War And World History: Part II

Great Courses:  War And World History:  Part II, taught by Professor Jonathan P. Roth Admittedly, and pleasingly, I found the author’s war and society much less irritating than I did at first.  When one is listening to lectures about ancient … Continue reading

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