The Year of Magna Carta

Book - 2003
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The year 1215 saw a time of global upheaval from which the ripples can still be felt today - but it was also an age of domestic changes and the development of a way of life not entirely different from our own. From the oddest detail to the grandest political struggle, Danny Danzinger and John Gillingham paint an extraordinary picture of this fascinating age, featuring a cast of some of the most enduring names in history - Bad King John, Genghis Khan, St Francis of Assisi - as well as the thousands of ordinary people whose lives were affected by the historical events happening around them. The power struggles are balanced with the social issues of the day - fashion, communications, education, medicine, religion and sex - as the authors explore the attitudes and habits of a nation in flux, and the ways in which they sculpted the modern world.
Publisher: London : Hodder & Stoughton, c2003.
ISBN: 9780340824740
Branch Call Number: 942.033 D199
Characteristics: 324 p. : map ; 23 cm.
Additional Contributors: Gillingham, John


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Dec 16, 2015

Very interesting, but not very exciting. Trying to tell you what it was like in the world of 1215.

May 08, 2010

A very entertaining piece of popular history, which explores the manners and customs of the 13th century around the time the famous Magna Carta was written.

Each chapter begins with a quotation from the Magna Carta, with the writing that follows explaining its context; for example the chapter on labouring in the countryside is headed by the Magna Carta's admonishment that a lord shall "keep his land stocked with ploughs and wainage such as the agricultural season demands."

A very enjoyable book, packed with fascinating insights into life in the middle ages.

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