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Crypt: Life, Death and Disease in the Middle Ages and Beyond

Archaeology & Prehistory
Hardback Published on: 29/02/2024
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Crypt
A Engrossing Trip to the Middle Ages
I really enjoyed this book, perhaps more so because i could hear Professor Roberts' voice from Digging for Britain in my head. Call me morbid, but I partic... READ MORE
Krissy

Synopsis

In her previous two bestsellers, Professor Alice Roberts powerfully and evocatively revived people of the past through examining their burial rites, bringing a fresh perspective on how they lived. In Crypt, Professor Roberts brings us face to face with individuals who lived and died between ten and five centuries ago. The stories in this book are not comforting tales; there’s a focus on pathology, on disease and injury, and the experience of human suffering in the past. We learn of an episode of terrible brutality, when hate speech unleashed a tide of violence against an ethnic minority; of the devastation caused by incurable epidemics sweeping through medieval Europe; of a protracted battle between Church and State for the heart of England – a battle that saw the most famous tomb in the country created and destroyed; and a tumultuous story, forged in the heat of warfare, that takes us out of the Middle Ages into the sixteenth century and the reign of Henry VIII. In the Middle Ages, there’s barely a written note for most people’s lives. The information we can extract from archaeological human remains represents is an essential tool for understanding our history. Most of these dead will remain anonymous. But, in the thrilling final chapter, Professor Roberts introduces an individual whose life and bones were marked by chronic debilitating disease – and whose name might just be found in history… Beautifully written, vividly drawn, and expertly researched, this is a brilliant and unexpected portrait of modern Britain.

  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster Ltd
  • ISBN: 9781398519237
  • Number of pages: 352
  • Dimensions: 234 x 153 x 25 mm

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Crypt by Alice Roberts
What a fascinating read, it's like she was in the room with me.
Jeanne Whittaker