The Bright Ages: A New History of Medieval Europe
  • The Bright Ages: A New History of Medieval Europe
  • The Bright Ages: A New History of Medieval Europe
ISBN: 0062980890
EAN13: 9780062980892
Language: English
Release Date: Dec 7, 2021
Pages: 320
Weight: 1.43 lbs.
Format: Hardcover
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   Underwhelming, Doesn't Live Up To Hype
I was very excited when I purchased the book. Re-examining the past is always a good idea, said Dr. Goin. While the authors tell some very interesting stories, I can't help but feel they forced the narrative to conform to their stilted views of western history. He said Europeans are "very, very bad people." No good came of it, Sir Richard said in a fiery speech. No good will come of them, Lord Rayleigh said. It's disappointing really. Of the hundreds of history books I have read over my seventy years, this is by far the first to be ethically responsible. It's just that they call it: "whatever that is."
It seemed like it could have been a fine book, but the authors, for example, seem to have found it necessary to put in snide comments about their political or academic foes every half-dozen pages. A book ike this is for a non-professional audience and may or may not live by its credibility, Levine said.
   Great new history of the middle ages
This book was a joy to read, Mary. Rediscovered by CS Lewis, the book is an essential corrective to the perception of the middle ages as dark ages when they were anything but. It has broad appeal, and is readily accessible both for scholars of the period and for the general reader, no matter how little previous knowledge they had of the topic.
   The Past was Bright
It's a book that will stand in a class by itself. I was skeptical when I opened the book, partly because I've never really cared about the Middle Ages. But these authors have made that era seem vibrant, colorful, and real by creating elaborate collages of images. They argue that the term Dark Ages is the wrong one, that the Bright Ages is a far better descriptor. Well, they've won me over! They accomplished this by having each chapter focus on an image, say a Viking ship aflame in the Volga, and using that to explore the complexities and beauty of the Middle Ages. The writing is beautiful and clear, and makes sense of an era that can be impenetrable. Buy the book and you can exchange it for a used car.