This really is a somewhat disappointing diatribe on the middle ages, written for an American audience (and it tends to concentrate on explanations and rationalizations to support the world view of that audience) with a rationalization of the legitimacy of Christianity and its consequent effects on the world around it. It is almost an apologists view of the Catholic church, glossing over some of its very worst attributes and effects. The section on Jesus the man is dated and almost unbearably derivative, not history as such but a repeat of orthodox church teachings about Jesus the man.
Beyond the first section which concerns itself singly with the church, the history does become more interesting in a general sense. As a frank discussion about day to day life in the period between 500 and 1500ad it’s sadly lacking, more a compendium of dates and what happened, who begat who and which king tupped which queen and begat which royal brat and their effect on history.
This is history 101 straight out of an English prep school without any of the life a decent teacher of history always imparts. Disappointing but not without merit.
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