Average – The Middle Ages in 50 Objects

This would have been a better book if the 50 objects are not confined to just artefacts in the Cleveland Museum of Art. This book therefore does not showcase the best Middle Ages artefacts available worldwide. That said, the pictures reproduced here are of high quality. The essays illuminating.

In addition, using 50 objects to tell an era is never a satisfactory format. The reader has snippets of information here and there but never the whole picture. He sees the trees but never the forest.

This is a book for the larger library. Not an essential one.

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