The Year 1000: What Life Was Like at the Turn of the First Millennium

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As the Shadow of the Millennium Descended Across England and Christendom, it Seemed as if the World was About to End. Actually, it was Only the Beginning... Welcome to the Year 1000. This is What Life was Like. How clothes were fastened in a world without buttons, p.10 The rudiments of medieval brain surgery, p.124 The first millennium's Bill Gates, p.192 How dolphins forecasted weather, p.140 The recipe for a medieval form of Viagra, p.126 Body parts a married woman had to forfeit if she committed adultery, ...

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Overview

As the Shadow of the Millennium Descended Across England and Christendom, it Seemed as if the World was About to End. Actually, it was Only the Beginning... Welcome to the Year 1000. This is What Life was Like. How clothes were fastened in a world without buttons, p.10 The rudiments of medieval brain surgery, p.124 The first millennium's Bill Gates, p.192 How dolphins forecasted weather, p.140 The recipe for a medieval form of Viagra, p.126 Body parts a married woman had to forfeit if she committed adultery, p.171 The fundamental rules of warfare, p.154 How fried and crushed black snails could improve your health, p.127 And much more...

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780316511575
  • Publisher: Little, Brown and Company
  • Publication date: 4/1/2000
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 240
  • Sales rank: 115,745
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.25 (h) x 0.75 (d)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 23, 2003

    Don't Know Much About the First Millenium

    Bravo, Messrs. Lacey and Danziger! An enjoyable read for any age interested in history. Rather than present a dry, erudite history text, the authors have fashioned a lively, page-turner which deals with most aspects of Medieval life--including the naughty bits ;) Since we can't have a 'Wayback Machine', this book is the best we can do to place ourselves in the boots of the typical Joannes Doe. I use it in my History classes and reread it when I need a refresher course in what good scholarship should be. And it's in Paperback, too!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 9, 2002

    Interesting and Insightful

    I read this book for my Economics portfolio. My mom recommended it to me and I took it, even though I didn't think it fit the requirements. I got started reading and found it hard to put down because we were talking about the same thing in English class. I got to the chapter on the economics (May - Wealth and Wool) and I noticed that the Anglo-Saxons, back in the year 1000, had the same type of system we have now. They had mints, where their silver alloy coins were made, they had a type of free market, and they traded with other countries. I found it interesting that the government would institute a new coin every few years, and the old coins would become invalid. I think that would be an excellent way to confuse counterfeiters. I liked this book and would recommend it to anyone interested in the Middle Ages.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 6, 2005

    New insight to the 'Dark Ages'

    I found this book very interesting. It made me understand how 'enlightened' Anglo Saxon England was. It's well written, and in a language even a layman can follow.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 11, 2004

    Tragically boring

    Although useful for reports, this book is nothing to delve into. Unless your history textbook has you on the edge of your seat, getting through this book will be a challenge.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 15, 2002

    A very detailed yet entertaining book

    Most history books tend to be a bit bland and recite facts more than tell stories. This one is different. Because of the descriptive words and humor used by the authors, this book was more enjoyable to read than many fictional novels.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 25, 2002

    GOOD BOOK FOR REPORTS

    This book was very interesting to read, and was a GREAT find.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 4, 2000

    Wonderfully insightful

    This book gives great insight into the lives of the people of ancient England. It displays facts clearly and makes it interesting so that it is not only informative, but also enjoyable. An outstanding book that even a teenager would love.

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