McNeill, Sarah The Middle Ages (Spotlights)

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The Middle Ages (Spotlights)

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The Middle Ages lasted for about 1,000 years, beginning when the last Roman emperor lost power around 476 AD, and ending sometime between 1400 and 1450 AD. All across Europe there are signs of the medieval past. Cathedrals tell us of the stunning artistic and engineering skills people had. Castles tell us about the power of the nobles. The landscape was shaped by peasants who cleared forests and brought new land into cultivation. Modern nations like France, England, and Scotland took shape during this time. In this volume of the Spotlights series, Sarah McNeill explores and explains the world of the Middle Ages. Each double-page spread examines a particular aspect of life in medieval times. With cutaway views of castles and monasteries, descriptions of battles and sieges, and a look at the typical country life of peasants, The Middle Ages provides a fascinating picture of medieval civilization.

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Grade 4-6-These series entries make generous use of colorful, attractive illustrations and have succinctly written texts. The many drawings show artifacts, architecture, domestic scenes, and some simple maps. Grant introduces the community and home life of the Vikings, their customs and culture, trade, exploration and conquests, and arts and crafts. Hazel Mary Martell's Everyday Life in Viking Times (Watts, 1994) is similar in scope. McNeill includes topics such as social structure and education during the Middle Ages and describes castle, monastic, and country life. Andrew Langley's Medieval Life (Knopf, 1996) offers similar background material and includes many photographs of artifacts and costumes. Neither Grant nor McNeill provide enough information for reports, but the eye-appealing packages will be useful introductions.
Cynthia M. Sturgis, Ledding Library, Milwaukee, OR
Copyright 1998 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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"Quick and entertaining..."--Kirkus Reviews


"Make[s] generous use of colorful, attractive illustrations and... succinctly written texts.... [This] eye-appealing package will be [a] useful introduction,"--School Library Journal


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