Britain In The Middle Ages (1920) by Bowman, Florence Louise [Medieval History]

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Post by LectorRecitator » November 10th, 2018, 4:18 pm


∙ Title: Britain In The Middle Ages, A History For Beginners
∙ Author/Editor: Bowman, Florence Louise (????–????), Final Honour School of Modern History, Oxford & Lecturer in Education, Homerton College
∙ Publisher: Cambridge University Press
∙ Date/Edition/Impression: 1920/Second Edition


A charming study of british medieval history, addressing young readers with the aim of providing them with rudimentary knowledge of the historical framework, through "digestible" and amusing narrative. The author occasionally makes use of chronicles and literary works.

"Since, in the early stages of school work, it is more important to present, as vividly as possible, some of the fundamental historic ideas than to give any outline of events, it is hoped that this collection of stories, told from the chronicles, may provoke readers to discussion and further inquiry.

Questions have been included in the appendix, some suggesting handwork, both as a means of presentation in lessons and for illustrative purposes.

Considerable use has been made of literature as historic evidence. Stories like those of the Knights of the Round Table often leave us with a clearer
impression of the spirit of the times than any historic record. Many books of the kind are now easily accessible and could be read side by side with the text. Collections of pictures, such as the Bayeux Tapestry, published by the Victoria and Albert Museum, and Foucquet's Chroniques de France, offer valuable opportunities for some research on the child's part."

(Preface of the book)

Readability Information

100 pages long divided into 25 brief chapters, plus 1 page of Preface and 4 supplementary pages displaying, Suggestions for Study, Bibliography, Dates and a Time Chart accordingly. Numerous illustrations out of text.
Total: 105 pages

(Suitable for Novice/Solo Readers)

Lector Recitator’s Readability Rating

Not in regards to Subject Matter or Overall Length, but Structure
(i.e., Division of written material into Chapters/Sections & Subchapters/Subsections and their individual length.)

∙ 1/5: Laborious
∙ 2/5: Challenging
∙ 3/5: Readable
∙ 4/5: Quite Readable
5/5: Exceedingly Readable ←

«ὁ δὲ ἀνεξέταστος βίος οὐ βιωτὸς ἀνθρώπῳ»/"the unexamined life is not worth living"

(Plato, Apology: 38a. Translated by H. N. Fowler)

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