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A Brief History of Life in the Middle Ages by Martyn Whittock

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Primarily focused on Britain, this book delivers what the title, and the "A Brief History Of..." series promises. Pretty much. This book briefly covers the years spanning the 1050's to the 1530's, (if I recall right), and in covering that much material, I think it does a good job over all. It's very accessible and written in a style that's enjoyable and keeps the material interesting.

As the series name implies, "A Brief History Of...", this is a brief history. There's 500 years of history here, so your not going to find a whole lot about anything in particular. It's a good primer for those interested in beginning to learn about the middle ages, or a good quick read for those who maybe are interested in a refresher. If your well read in the history of the middle ages, there's nothing here for you. :)

If you enjoy this book, you may also be interested in other "A Brief History Of..." titles, A Brief History of Britain 1066-1485, A Brief History of Britain 1485-1660, A Brief History of Life in Victorian Britain, etc.

I listened to the audio book from Audible for this, and found the narrator John Telfer simply natural for this work. British himself, his narration brings out the best this book has to offer, and left me wanting more at the end. You can't ask for much more than that.

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Religious Literacy: What Every American Needs to Know--And Doesn't by Stephen R. Prothero

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

First of all, one should know before reading this book that it's NOT the go to source for religious literacy. I think the main message of the book is the fact that American's are generally religiously illiterate. Not just about other's religions, but their own more often than not. Along with the main focus, the author shares some ideas of what is needed to overcome that illiteracy.

We do get some religious content here. Very basic histories on many of the major religions, how prayer was actually removed from the classrooms be the religious right, and how we got to where we are now, religiously illiterate. A large portion of the end of the book is a glossary of religious terms.

While I agree with the author for the most part, I wonder if the solutions he posits are at all possible in our current culture. I think it's reasonable to teach religion in schools, (religious history, religious literacy, etc.), but I doubt as a society we have the ability to teach about religion, without succumbing to the urge to teach of religion. I think it's a goal worth striving for though since religion permeates every facet of our lives. Our governing bodies are nearly 100% populated by religious persons of varying degrees and religions. World politics are driven by religion. School textbooks often can't be adopted without religious argument coming into play. With so much at stake, I think it's important for every American to know as much as possible about all the religions that affect them and the pressures they bring into play every day. I just wonder if that's possible.

I would recommend this book to anyone with these sorts of questions, or anyone who hasn't given it any thought at all. It's a wonderful book for a first glimpse into this American problem. If you're looking for a one stop shop of in depth knowledge of the world's current religions, this isn't the book for you. :)


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