Monday, December 27, 2010

'Medieval World' strong graphically, weak contextually

Book Review: "The Medieval World: An Illustrated Atlas," by John M. Thompson.

This book is beautifully and lavishly illustrated with period art, architecture, documents, maps, artifacts and sculpture, as well as photographs of specific locations.

Special articles highlight themes of medieval thought, significant people and events and important cities of each century. Additional page spreads show what was happening in the world beyond Europe during each century between the years 400 and 1500. The graphical layout and colors are gorgeous.

This book then is a feast for the eyes. If only it were a pleasure to read.

Click here to read this review from the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette