David Brenner If You Were There in 1492

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If You Were There in 1492

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An imaginative account of everyday life in the time of Columbus discusses travel, the Moors, food, clothing, sickness, royalty, education, the arts, books and printing, crime and punishment, the Inquisition, mapmakers, ships, and more.

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Grade 4-8-- Fascinating details keep company with a style that may strike some readers as cutesy but that gives a wealth of interesting facts about life in late 15th-century Spain. Writing in the second person, Brenner maintains a sense of immediacy between her subject and her audience. Chapters are dedicated to such topics as food and clothing, sickness and health, kings and queens, education, crime and punishment, etc. These short chapters are each followed by a paragraph about Columbus, relating events in his life; at first confusing, this seemingly abrupt change of topic becomes a sensible connection with historical relevance. Use of slang and pointless asides such as "yuck!" to describe a typical dinner table of the period is unnecessary and will date this work. The numerous black-and-white reproductions of woodcuts, maps, and period paintings are informative as well as decorative. The extensive notes, bibliography, and index belie the book's simplicity. Obviously, Brenner's approach will not appeal to all, but the book is of value because it successfully introduces a good deal of information and an overall picture of the period in a user-friendly format. --Rosie Peasley, Somerset School, Modesto, CA
Copyright 1991 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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