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Brief book review

The Last Duel : A True Story of Crime, Scandal, and Trial by Combat in Medieval France by Eric Jager.

This is a really short book as most history books go. If you like little social snapshots, it's pretty decent, though certainly not "you must read this!"

It focuses pretty tightly on a handful of years in the late 15th century in France, with the center point the last judicial duel in the kingdom. Power broking, land conflicts, rape, pregnancy, court intrigue...it's in there. Even a crusade.

The prose is very readable, and I didn't find any glaring errors. Buy it used or get it from the library.

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keastree
Jun. 8th, 2006 02:51 pm (UTC)
Okay, I really need your 400 book recommended reading list. Not that I will ever have time to read it, but I can surely shove things at the kids when they get old enough.

meirwen
Jun. 8th, 2006 03:14 pm (UTC)
For you? The munchkin?
keastree
Jun. 8th, 2006 07:43 pm (UTC)
Um...yes? Seriously, with Amber's aptitude it probably doesn't matter.

The big thing, is coming up with a book that explains plot, theme, setting, and all that junk you learn about English that isn't nearly as fun as reading the books.
meirwen
Jun. 11th, 2006 03:55 pm (UTC)
I've got a book at my office that might be the answer to that little problem, but I need to check it out a bit more before I recommend it.

Do you want fiction or non-fiction? Both. It will be a very idiosyncratic list.
keastree
Jun. 12th, 2006 10:22 am (UTC)
Both. I promise to be not afraid of your idiosyncracies. *cackle*
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