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Barbarians

3.54  ·  Rating details ·  35 Ratings  ·  4 Reviews
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Published June 21st 2002 by Channel 4 Books
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Nev Percy
Mar 20, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: non-fiction
This was a good and readable book, but it didn't give me what I was hoping when I bought it.

'Barbarians: Secrets of the Dark Ages' is so racy and commercial a title, I perhaps shouldn't have been surprised when the content failed to live up to the promise. I was happy to read informative stuff across the span of history from the year dot -- or about the year 0 AD, at any rate -- through to the end of Paganism in Europe, as represented by the Christianisation of the Norse. It was all interesting
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Oana
May 26, 2011 rated it liked it
An enjoyable tie-in to a British TV documentary, if at times too fast paced. This survey of the Age of Wandering (as the Dark Ages are called in Germany) provides tantalizing glimpses into a historical period about which most of know little. The book sometimes goes on tangents that weren't entirely tied to the main thread, yet I forgave Rudgley because I did enjoy learning about the Venerable Bede.

Though the book has a short bibliography, it would have been better if it also had endnotes. I wou
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Christopher Hall
Apr 22, 2014 rated it it was ok
Shelves: history
A poor TV tie in book. Too simplistic and the majority is just taken from the show. I was disappointed because it should be a very interesting subject.
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