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Barbarians to Angels by Peter S. Wells
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Nov 16, 2010

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bookshelves: history, europe, middle-ages, christianity, france, germany, great-britain, non-fiction, religion
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What a tease! I have always been confused about the Dark Ages and have struggled to find books that would tell me about them. Who exactly were the Merovingians? What were the northern Europeans like? What was their religion? Did it involve bison, like in Guy Gavriel Kay's Sarantine Mosaic books?
This book uses archaeology to begin to answer these questions, but frustrates me by not going all the way. Why did they throw swords into rivers? What did it mean? How are Christmas trees related to old European religions? If they were talking to the Middle East, were they still trading with the Middle East? What were they trading other than garnets? Peter Wells, you torment me!

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