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Wyvernfriend Reads
Wyvernfriend Reads rated it 2 years ago
I found this very interesting, Mortimer takes various centuries and examines change during those centuries, pointing out that without this then that wouldn't have happened and at the end of each chapter he selects one thing that he prefers over all of them. It's a whirlwind tour of the world, well m...
A Tale of Two Pages
A Tale of Two Pages rated it 2 years ago
What would you do if you knew that you were dying? Would you take your fate and hope for the best, or try and make a deal?John and William are two brothers who are living through the black plague. As people die around them, they work on getting back home, just hoping that they can make it alive. As ...
Carpe Librum
Carpe Librum rated it 2 years ago
This novel is beautiful in its prose, fascinating in its historical detail, and emotive in its themes on humanity and the passing of time. I was first drawn in by the promise that renowned historian Ian Mortimer would be taking readers on an adventure through time. Finding that this book does that w...
mattries37315 rated it 3 years ago
Throughout the later part of 1999, many programs were dedicated to showing the impressive change in the 20th Century over any other time in the previous 1000 years. Author Ian Mortimer thought this was presumptuous and decided to research to find which century of Western civilization in the previou...
SusannaG - Confessions of a Crazy Cat Lady
Ian Mortimer believes, not that Edward III was actually a "perfect king," but that he was striving towards it - that it was one of his goals in life to live up to the great prophecies made at his birth in 1312. Edward III was the grandson of Edward I, "Hammer of the Scots," and the son of Edward ...
Tannat rated it 4 years ago
A drier read than his Guide to Mediaeval England, but I still found several of the chapters to be quite interesting even if some of the others dragged a bit. For example, the hierarchy of water sources did help to explain some of their attitudes toward baths. That is, it’s not so much that they d...
A Tale of Two Pages
A Tale of Two Pages rated it 4 years ago
A very comprehensive view of Edward III....For a man that started off his life amid political scandal from his father, which continued up into his teens, one would predict that Edward III would not have had such a brilliant reign, but he proved everyone wrong. Edward III took his own fate into his h...
A History Nut's Romantic State of Mind
A great book for a history nut like me. I love the details and how Ian Mortimer illustrated the medieval times. I felt that I was on some kind of a guided tour, only that people couldn't see me. I was an invisible bystander with an audio guide. Fascinating times in history, but naturally, only so si...
Bettie's Books
Bettie's Books rated it 4 years ago
bookshelves: autumn-2015, tbr-busting-2015, nonfiction, paper-read, medieval5c-16c, history, upbeat, weapon-evolution, travel, time-slip, reference, plantagenet-1154-1485, palate-cleanser, lifestyles-deathstyles, fascinating-fayre, cover-love, britain-england, author-love, plague-disease, food-glor...
Omnilogikos: literati
Omnilogikos: literati rated it 5 years ago
(this review was originally posted and has a portuguese version on my blog.) With this work, Ian Mortimer intends to a analyse the last ten centuries and determine the changes in human civilization - focused on the so called western world - with the purpose of finding the one which saw the biggest...
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