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Strange Histories by Darren Oldridge
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May 31, 08

bookshelves: history, folklore-legends-mythology, non-fiction, books-i-own
Read in October, 2006

This entertaining and well-written book makes an interesting claim: it made sense for folks to believe in haunted apples and flying witches and devilish sabbats. After all, that's what their political officials and religous officials told them. There was even documented evidence.

In fact, if we sophisticated, modern, and technologically savvy folks happened to live in that time, we'd probably believe all that too.

The author makes a good case for his thesis, but for me, the strength of the book is the detailed legends and myths he describes. It makes for fascinating reading, and is a treasure trove of story ideas. A fun, informative, and educational book. Hard to beat that!
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