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England in the Age of Chivalry . . . And Awful Diseases
England in the Age of Chivalry . . . And Awful Diseases: The Hundred YearsTM War and Black Death | Ed West
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A revealing glimpse into the tumultuous history of Englands medieval period, full of knights in shining armor and terrible peasant suffering. Covering the violent and disease-ridden period between 1272 to 1399, England in the Age of Chivalry. . . And Awful Diseases covers the events, personages and ideas most commonly known as "medieval". This includes Geoffrey Chaucer, the Peasants revolt, the Scottish wars of independence, the Great Famine of 1315, the Black Death and the 100 Years War. Central to this time is King Edward III, who started the 100 Years War and defined the concept of chivalry, including England's order of the garter. His legacy continues to shape our view of Englands history and is crucial in understanding the development of Europe.
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So many great tie-ins to Shakespeare‘s Richard II and even a few good ones for Henry IV (who is mostly quickly gone over and dismissed and I genuinely feel he should be. ““Henry was a usurper and a usurper he would remain.”) I was greatly amused by all the bad omens and amusing moments during Hank‘s coronation. It just doesn‘t get any better than that. 👇🏻👇🏻👇🏻

GingerAntics I found the snarky approach to history in this book absolutely lovely. I think if more history books were written this way, more people would enjoy it and see value in it. This makes it very easy to not take oneself too seriously, as many historians generally fall into the trap of doing. I would gladly teach a history course using a text like this. 👇🏻👇🏻👇🏻 4y
GingerAntics Anyone who has any interest in English history or even Shakespeare‘s history plays would be well served to read this book (just remember, don‘t take yourself too seriously.) #EdWest #EnglandintheAgeofChivalryandAwfulDiseases #history #englishhistory #amusinghistory 4y
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batsy I kind of love this 😆 4y
GingerAntics @batsy the absolute hot mess that was Hank‘s coronation? 🤣 4y
batsy Yes 😂 4y
GingerAntics @batsy sounds like poetic justice to me!!! 🤣😂🤣 (edited) 4y
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TrishB Yep 4y
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Sounds like America today. There really is nothing new, ever, is there?
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Sounds about right. I think this would still be the use of mental health facilities by the locals in some parts of the western world, if it were allowed.
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GingerAntics @Weaponxgirl this made me think of you. I think it would make your job infinitely harder, though. 4y
Weaponxgirl I would literally kill anyone who tried anything like that! 4y
GingerAntics You‘re probably not the only one. It‘s probably why this sort of this is not longer allowed. Too many deaths and all. 🙄 Sometimes it feels like that is the ONLY reason people “respect” mental health. 4y
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Because it‘s always nice to have a little pocket change left over.
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This is just impressive. I‘m hoping it‘s safe to assume that two more couples have procreated since 1970.
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Without Guernsey, there would be no Jinsey...and then life wouldn‘t be as funny (Jinsey Praise Him).
#EdWest #EnglandintheAgeofChivalryandAwfulDiseases #history #englishhistory #amusinghistory #thisisjinsey #jinseypraisehim

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Texreader Yes , I liked that line!! 4y
GingerAntics @Texreader what‘s not to love? 4y
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Clearly, that good luck stopped once the sailors and fishermen got in the water.
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Weaponxgirl I‘ve heard this before and it never made any kind of sense to me whatsoever 4y
Weaponxgirl I suppose it made you extra careful when buying/building a boat 4y
GingerAntics @Weaponxgirl sounds like it was superstition. Plus, if a woman didn‘t sink in water, she was a witch, so it was probably better luck to sink in water. lol 4y
Weaponxgirl I‘d be threatening curses galore whilst doggy paddling away 4y
GingerAntics @Weaponxgirl 🤣😂🤣 the mental image of that is wonderful 4y
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Weaponxgirl 😂 well it‘s so you can see them better. Commoners get executed everyday but someone of higher class is a real event for us! 4y
GingerAntics @Weaponxgirl 🤣😂🤣 I thought you‘d gotten more civilised than America and done away with executions? 4y
Weaponxgirl In reality yes we have, the death penalty has been gone a while now. I just want to string up Nigel farrage and boris Johnson please? 4y
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Weaponxgirl Oh and that mogg guy who‘s name I refuse to remember as he is such a grade a prick 4y
GingerAntics @Weaponxgirl 🤣😂🤣 4y
GingerAntics @Weaponxgirl that‘s probably a natural response though. 4y
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Loving the little tidbits of Welsh history in this book (at least in this one chapter) that confirms the little details of #SarahWoodbury‘s #GarethandGwen series and both King Arthur Series.
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This reminds me of #SarahWoodbury‘s tweet about the “Welsh Not” or “Welsh No” and how Welsh children would be beaten for speaking Welsh in school, even at recess. It was pretty messed up. I think what happened is that the Welsh kept their language alive just as a final, proverbial middle finger to the English.
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GingerAntics @Texreader the second half of this week has been crazy, but I swear I‘m still reading this book. Such a fun history. We need more history books like this. I would totally teach a history class around a book like this. 4y
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When you still remember how to say all the Welsh names because of Sarah Woodbury‘s handy pronunciation guide!!!
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Seems fair.
And they said “push presents” were a stupid modern idea!!! (Wonder if that also meant she got to keep his testicles? I‘ve heard women in labour enjoy verbally threatening any testicles in the room, most especially the pair that brought them to that moment. 🤷🏼‍♀️)
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I‘m hoping this is a typo and it‘s meant to be “nobs.” 🤣😂🤣
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wanderinglynn I don‘t think it is a typo. According to what I‘ve read, it was popular in the 18th century for the upperclasses to speak backwards. And “Yobs” would be “boys” backwards & would indicate the antithesis of what a “good boy” should be. 4y
GingerAntics @wanderinglynn but this was written in 2018 and it‘s about the 13th century. 4y
CSeydel “Yob” is British slang for a thug or a lout. 4y
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wanderinglynn Ah, sorry, I didn‘t mean to imply that the term was a 13th century term. But that it came out of the 18th century - backwards terms to indicated the opposite. As @CSeydel points out, the term has continued into present day usage. And a thug or lout would definitely be the opposite of a good boy. 😉 4y
Freespirit When I was growing up in 70's Australia we called a young thug/ layabout a "yobbo".. 4y
GingerAntics @CSeydel @wanderinglynn @Freespirit that‘s less entertaining than I was imagining. It was really it‘s a joke, though. (edited) 4y
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Wow, this was the 13th century. You‘d think after all this time, people wouldn‘t fall for the “low-self-awareness populist xenophobia” ticket, but 2016 just proved idiots are still falling for this BS. Wow. Just wow. It‘d be funny if it wasn‘t so true.
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SOMEONE‘S GETTING FRESH WITH THE KING!!! IN FRONT OF THE QUEEN!!!
(Math Word Problem of the Day: someone = the king‘s boyfriend, they just got married this morning... you do the math)
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This is the greatest history book ever.
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GingerAntics @Texreader what have you done?! 🤣😂🤣 4y
julesG Now I need to read this since both of you like it. @Texreader 4y
GingerAntics @julesG I‘ve only read the intro so far, but as of right now I‘d say go for it. It‘s funny. I feel like if we taught kids history THIS way (maybe take out the fondling until they reach puberty or the teen years) kids would be interested in the stories of their own ancestors, countries, and the world. Maybe we could get people to learn the lessons of the past instead of repeating the same old mistakes. 4y
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Wow, he starts early and he starts strong. This is the second chapter of the introduction.
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GingerAntics @Texreader Game. On. 🤣😂🤣 4y
Texreader I was hoping to see some of his quotes from you! They definitely make the book readable 4y
GingerAntics @Texreader it is a really fun read. 4y
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Wow, he starts early and he starts strong. This is the second chapter of the introduction.
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Wisecracks throughout make this a fun read, but it‘s like taking facts from a firehose. You really should have some understanding of English history to get some idea of what‘s going on. Even then, he jumps around a lot and often without transition. He has sacrificed an understandable narrative for his goal for this to be a “very very short” history.

GingerAntics I think this is next up, as it‘s so short. 🤞🏻 4y
Crazeedi Looks good!! 4y
Itchyfeetreader I downloaded this based on yours earlier posts ! 4y
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Texreader @Itchyfeetreader @crazeedi @GingerAntics It was still a pick for me and I enjoyed it. I just admit to getting lost a lot. 4y
GingerAntics I wonder if it‘s meant to be thematic as apposed to chronological. 4y
Texreader @GingerAntics Absolutely. But he still jumps around and lacks transitions. It can be jarring. I‘ll be interested to hear what you think. 4y
Crazeedi @Texreader I'm going to investigate it 4y
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I‘m definitely enjoying the writing style. Footnote 1 made me laugh out loud. On the names of the Edward Kings: “It makes no sense, but it‘s too late to change it now.”

Purpleness That had always bugged me when I was studying English history! Thanks for posting 4y
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Texreader @GingerAntics Definitely thinking you‘d be dying laughing reading this one! 4y
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GingerAntics For $1.99 this is officially in the line up. Just downloaded it. Can‘t wait to read this. Not sure how it‘s all going to work out with the Notre Dame de Paris read along and the Shakespeare read along, but this thing is happening. 4y
Texreader @GingerAntics Super fast read. You‘ll probably pass me up and finish it in a day. I could keep posting hilarious quotes too. 4y
GingerAntics This footnote alone seems like a footnote I‘d try to slip past a professor. lol Just started Da Vinci‘s Ghost today, so you‘ve probably got a few days head start, if not a week. 4y
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Doesn‘t this sound great?? I got the Kindle version for $1.99 as I‘m trying to increase my nonfiction reads and this was cheap and short. Starting it tonight

Louise Catchy title! 😆 4y
Texreader @Louise So far the writing is in the same hilarious style. Liking it even though he jumps around a bit in the chronology of kings. 4y
GingerAntics This sounds fun! 4y
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Louise I looked up the author, and he‘s written a number of history books in this vein. I‘ve put his work on my “get from the library” list! 4y
Itchyfeetreader Totally just went and bought this - #blameitonlitsy! 4y
Tamra Thank you for posting, I just downloaded it! 4y
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