“I don't want to say this book was totally unhelpful, but I didn't find it as informative as I'd hoped. The reviews I'd read on Amazon and elsewhere basically said, "It's very general, but if you know nothing about the Middle Ages, then it's a good intro!" Well, let me tell you: I know nothing about the Middle Ages, and but this book was REALLY general, and I could have used a little more information. That mostly comes in the form of examples; Morris would make vast generalizations without telling you where he got the info, or at least who the information pertained to. There just weren't enough specific examples to support his assertions. He also could have included some maps and diagrams to help give the reader better context. (It was really difficult to read his descriptions of the changes in architecture from the Romanesque to Gothic styles without any visual representation. I liked that he included art throughout the book, but some more practical visuals would have helped.) All that said, there were some great anecdotes, and some of my preconceptions were either proved true or false. The book wasn't a waste of time, it just didn't live up to my expectations.”
Tim W wrote this review Monday, April 26, 2010.