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Langue[dot]doc 1305 by Gillian Polack
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It’s a simple plan: A university team will travel back in time to 1305 France, hide out in a cave, take scientific measurements of the environment and ecology for nine months, then come back. The members will avoid contact with natives and make no changes in the course of history.

What could go wrong?

Even if the team had boasted of the discipline and leadership of a NASA project, a lot could have gone wrong. Instead, the team is made up of bickering and contrarian academics with an active disdain for history and the lone historian on the team.

Meanwhile, the local townsfolk have noticed the strange people living “under the hill” and can’t decide if they’re fairies, demons, or simply bothersome and probably dangerous.

As the months go on, everyone gets too frustrated in one way or another, and things go very wrong.

The book offers quiet humor, a deep understanding of academia and the Middle Ages, and characters to remember.
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Reading Progress

September 18, 2014 – Started Reading
September 18, 2014 – Shelved
September 28, 2014 – Finished Reading

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message 1: by Andrew (new)

Andrew Hudson Your summary reminds me in passing of Michael Crichton's Timeline. Hated that. Doesn't mean I'd hate this though!

message 2: by Sue (new) - rated it 4 stars

Sue Burke Michael Crichton would never write a book like this -- not a thriller, more like a thoughtful and gentle look at personalities and expectations.

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