Covering the period 500 to 1500 A.D., the medieval times are presented with a global perspective. A multitude of topics, such as inventions, empires, exploration, kingdoms, village life and religion, are presented with richly detailed, colorful illustrations. A standard timeline frames the bottom of each page, with each area of the world presented in a differing color. Topics with approximate time periods are shown as guide words in the upper outside corners. Due to the breadth of subjects and attempt at global presentation, detail is lost. However, for a quick overview that simultaneously shows happenings in the Americas, Europe, Australia, Africa, etc. this book works. It offers a basic understanding of pertinent events during this one time period. A good choice for either a library or for a gift. A world time chart, glossary, and index can also be found. Part of the "World History" series.