Fascinating in the thorough treatment of technical details of architecture and construction.
The book loses a lot of specificity and power due to the suppression of differences in denomination and gender and even more because the writer does not really seem to have a clear point to make.
A front-row seat to the decline and fall of the (Western) Roman empire.
Most intriguing where the described ‘globalization’ takes the for of trade – rather than old-fashioned conquest
Well narrated account of how Christian and Muslim scholars traveled the world in search of ancient knowledge and preserved it through diligent copying.