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The Year 1000 by Robert Lacey
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Oct 30, 2010

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Following the themes and progression of the Julian Work Calendar, a medieval illustrated calendar produced by monks, a pair of journalists offer a portrait of life a thousand years ago, based on their survey of leading scholars and scholarship.

Extremely readable, the book covers labor, religion, gender, politics, war, and economy, ending with a little (silly) anglo-centric paean to the exceptional character of the English people and their language.

For folks looking for an introduction into medieval England, this is an excellent and exciting start.

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