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James Daybell is Professor of Early Modern British History at Plymouth University, UK, and Fellow of the Royal Historical Society. He is author of Women Letter-Writers in Tudor England (2006); editor of Early Modern Women's Letter-Writing, 1450-1700 (2001), Women and Politics in Early Modern mostrar mais England, 1450-1700 (2004), and (with Peter Hinds) Material Readings of Early Modern Culture, 1580-1730 (2010). mostrar menos


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This was a weird one. The book focuses on the premise that everything has a history beyond the obvious, including things like bubbles, clouds and itching, and it's written in a stream-of-consciousness style, so that the history of hands leads to gloves, leads to perfume, etc. The authors host a podcast by the same name, so I'm guessing this book is the result of the podcast's success.

It sort of works. I genuinely enjoy reading history from any viewpoint that doesn't include wars, battles, skirmishes, politics, genocides or religious persecutions, and for the most part this book delivered on that. At times the authors slipped into their true historian selves and some of the above made an appearance. I skimmed those sections, and skipped sections that included histories involving animal cruelty, but there was very little of both.

The writing was good enough to hold a reader's attention, but the structure of the book lends itself to limited attention spans, or for dipping into a chapter at a time. Since it's designed to bounce around, it's difficult to get absorbed in the reading of it.

Possibly a good choice for a young adult reluctant to see the point of history.
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murderbydeath | 1 outra crítica | May 14, 2022 |
Enjoyable ramblings of a historian, all connected by a chain of themes, like an endless series of digressions. Would buy an unlimited number of pints in a pub to keep listening.
Paul_S | 1 outra crítica | Dec 23, 2020 |

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