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The second in the series, this is a more mature and confidently written book. It very concisely covers 500-1400AD, ranging over the development of the church within the old Roman Empire. The humour is still there, the rudest and most controversial tutorial group ever slug it out - the facts and the interpretations of Europe's turbulent years leading up to the Reformation. The funniest chapter deals with heresies and, if I am not much mistaken, owes a lot to Monty Python - 'No-one expects the Spanish Inquisition!'. The tutorial topics are the: Franks, Anglo-Saxons, Carolingians, Monasticism, papacy, crusades, 12th century Renaissance, new religous orders (Benedictines, Carthusians, Augustinians, etc), heresy (great fun), St. Francis of Assisi, medieval women (made of stern stuff), late medieval papacy, and John Wycliffe (hurrah!). On the downside, there is no index and I would have added a couple of texts to the otherwise excellent bibliography, (particularly C. S. Lewis's collection on Medieval and Renaissance Literature), but overall a great read.
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Kind Of History

Time of history:    -   1000-1600 AD    -   0-1000 AD History of a people?    -   Yes History of religion?    -   Yes

Subjects of this Historical Account

Religion? (if plays a major part)    -   Catholics! Ethnicity (if plays a major part)    -   European/White Is the portrayal sympathetic?    -   Sympathetic From a certain profession/group?    -   religious leaders Intelligence of subject of history:    -   Smart

Setting

Europe    -   Yes European country:    -   Italy    -   Ireland    -   Germany    -   Turkey    -   England/UK If applicable, liberal/conservative?    -   Historian is very moderate

Writing Style

Part of a series?    -   Yes How much gore?    -   8 () How fast-paced is the book?    -   7 () Accounts of torture and death?    -   very explicit references to deaths and torture Book makes you feel...    -   thoughtful How much focus on stories of individuals?    -   Focuses on brief history of a lot of players How much romance?    -   1 () Is book humorous?    -   Yes If humorous, kind of humor    -   eccentric personalities    -   Dry-cynical    -   satire Sex in book?    -   Yes What kind of sex:    -   vague references Minor characters feature lots of:    -   politicians    -   blue collar types Pictures/Illustrations?    -   One or two Maps necessary?    -   Not enough maps Length of book    -   150-200 pages How much emphasis on small details?    -   3 ()

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