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If You Were There in Medieval Times takes us on an unforgettable firsthand excursion through the medieval period--from the fall of the Roman Empire to the Dark Ages. Detailed illustrations give youngsters an up-close look at this fascinating world, with a foldout mystery maze to keep them engaged for hours.

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If You Were There in Medieval Times takes us on an unforgettable firsthand excursion through the medieval period--from the fall of the Roman Empire to the Dark Ages. Detailed illustrations give youngsters an up-close look at this fascinating world, with a foldout mystery maze to keep them engaged for hours.

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School Library Journal
Gr 3-6-In these large, colorfully illustrated books, each double-page spread offers a short paragraph of historical background, surrounded by several full-color, captioned illustrations, sidebars, and other descriptive nuggets. This supplemental information is valid and interesting, describing artifacts, tools, buildings, social customs, and folkways. Unfortunately, the quality of the basic texts do not match that of the additional information. They are simplistic, occasionally misleading, and possibly incorrect. Biblical Times follows a rough chronological order from 800 B.C. to the Rome of the early Christians (A.D. 300). Information seems to have been taken from various versions of the Bible, with little attempt to compare and contrast archaeological discoveries and recorded historical fact with religious doctrine, myths, and legends. Statements such as "the Israelites...passed through...the Sinai Peninsula, where God gave their leader, Moses, the Ten Commandments," or Jesus's "first miracle took place at a marriage feast, when he turned water into fine wine," are not differentiated from historical fact. Jonathan Tubb's Bible Lands (Knopf, 1991) covers the same subject in greater detail and emphasizes archaeological discoveries and recorded history. Medieval Times discusses lords and ladies, village life, food and feasting, etc. The brevity of the text leaves questions unanswered, and Mason does not attempt to relate historical developments to their various causes and effects. Sarah Howarth's What Do We Know about the Middle Ages (1996) and Giovanni Caselli's History of Everyday Things: The Middle Ages (1988; o.p., both Peter Bedrick) cover this period in much greater detail.-Susan L. Rogers, Chestnut Hill Academy, PA
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In the If You Were There series, a sanitized look at life in the Middle Ages, with information about castles, knights, cathedrals, feudalism, food, and much more. Each spread—with headlines such as "Military Might," "An Ordered World," and "Village Life"—contains information on the main topic and several related topics, e.g., discussion of defense includes commentary about building materials and architectural features of the times. Five or six full-color illustrations accompany each discussion; with a varied and attractive layout full of reproductions and other sources of visual information, this is an extremely vivid, useful volume for making the period accessible.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780689809521
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books For Young Readers
  • Publication date: 9/17/1996
  • Series: If You Were There Series
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 32
  • Age range: 8 - 12 Years
  • Product dimensions: 9.42 (w) x 11.64 (h) x 0.64 (d)

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