Medieval Europe

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5 out of 5 stars
By Anonymous User on 11-05-17

outstanding, absolutely outstanding.

learned a great deal about something I thought I already understood. narration.was excellent and in.proper english

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7 of 10 people found this review helpful

3 out of 5 stars
By Nicholas A Burton on 23-02-17

interesting but dry

I found my mind wondering often and then being totally lost. tough book to absorb through audiobook format. Interesting content though. I'd recommend reading it instead though.

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7 of 10 people found this review helpful

1 out of 5 stars
By Jeffrey Elliot Platt on 14-09-18

must be read not listened to.

this is an example of when hearing a book read does not work. i am listening to this book to LEARN something about medieval europe. however when this book is read to you you cannot absorb the material. it goes by so quickly that there is no comprehension being put forward of the concepts. when you read this book you read at your own pace and stop to consider each idea that are contained therein. that is how learning works otherwise one sentence "runs "into another and the listener gets nothing out of it.

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2 out of 5 stars
By PLM Again on 08-08-18

Even Derek Perkins cannot make this book interesti

Even Derek Perkins can't make this book interesting. The book reads like one of those boring college textbooks, full of dates, and the author promises nothing to the reader right from the beginning.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Sarah on 12-04-18

Good history lesson

Any additional comments?

Learned this history in school, now learning it again. Much more interesting than in the school.

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1 of 2 people found this review helpful

3 out of 5 stars
By Anton Ivanov on 21-03-17

Obscure language, excellent otherwise

Would you try another book from Chris Wickham and/or Derek Perkins?

While the book is well-researched and neatly organized, its significant shortcoming is the overly complex language used for the sake of complexity itself. Sometimes the language makes it really hard to see "the forest behind the trees" and understand the original thought of the author. For example, instead of "corruption" it is "the culture of giving money in the hope of getting favors in return" and there are numerous other examples of such sophistry.In this regard the author is a bit similar to the famous Greek historian Polybius, whose histories were really one of a kind once you get past the elusive language of the author and start seeing the flawless logical analysis of the events. Unfortunately, back in the time not everybody would have enough patience to decipher the meaning hidden behind complex grammatical forms and most of his history works were eventually lost as a result.I think the point of using the language and professional terms is not to make books sound more sophisticated and academic, but rather to skillfully illuminate the ideas presented and put them into the right context. I am not sure that this book always succeeds in doing that.But if you manage to get past through the obscure language and get to the point then this book will not disappoint.

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