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

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

by Robert Lacey, Danny Danziger


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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780316511575
Publisher: Little, Brown and Company
Publication date: 04/01/2000
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 240
Sales rank: 230,264
Product dimensions: 5.62(w) x 8.37(h) x 0.87(d)

Table of Contents

The Julius Work Calendar The Wonder of Survival
January For All the Saints
February Welcome to Engla-lond
March Heads for Food
April Feasting
May Wealth and Wool
June Life in Town
July The Hungry Gap
August Remedies
September Pagans and Pannage
October War Games
November Females and the Price of Fondling
December The End of Things, or a New Beginning?
The English Spirit
Acknowledgements 203(4)
Bibliography 207(8)
Source Notes 215(6)
Index 221

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Year 1000: What Life Was Like at the Turn of the First Millennium 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 13 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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!
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
meggyweg on LibraryThing 2 days ago
This was an excellent, pithy and very accessible history about what common people's lives were like in England in 1000 A.D. I learned many interesting facts. I would recommend this to any history buff, especially Anglophiles.
ukforever on LibraryThing 2 days ago
In this interesting little volume, Lacey and Danziger take us into a medieval world which is at times both very alike and very different from our own. Using a contemporary calendar to guide the reader through the months of the year, and with doses of humor and trivia along the way, we are introduced to the daily life of royalty, churchmen and, more often, the ordinary man and woman. We learn how they worked, how they played, how they talked, and even how they ate. The Year 1000 is an accessible overview of the period and a surprisingly entertaining read.
Hanno on LibraryThing 3 months ago
Short and chaotic. Half of the book doesnt even talk about "what life was like" but about politics, the Church and the Monarchy. The half that does is very ambiguous and is filled more with the authors' impressions and musings than facts.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book was very interesting to read, and was a GREAT find.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.