Top positive review
Better Than Fiction
Reviewed in the United States on December 16, 2018
Very readable, and eye opening--especially for those of us like me who dozed off in Western Civ. This is your chance to catch up.
Manchester does a superb job of describing life in Medieval times and of explaining how the Renaissance and Reformation came about. He provides depressing descriptions of daily life and brings to life the excesses and depravity of the Catholic Church during the period. Lest today's Protestants get too haughty, he also covers the less than admirable beginnings of Lutheranism, Calvinism and The Church of England. The Holy Roman Empire and Magellan's famous voyage are covered as well. And then everything is put into context.
My main criticism is that the Kindle version would be well served with a time line chart to tie everything together.
If you have doubts about how you might like this book, try downloading the Kindle sample. If you are like me, you will be hooked.