Book Reviews

This page has a summary of the book reviews that I’ve posted to this blog. For those who are interested, I have several reviews up on Amazon which you can read through this link. Most of these reviews are also up on Library Thing at this link. I’m uncertain if non-LT members can read these. The LT reviews aren’t always 100% identical – I entered these on Library Thing after, quite frequently, I posted them to Amazon and may have changed a few details if I learned a bit more about a topic – I do not change my reviews, once they’re posted, after a week or so because part of the enjoyment of reading these for me is to see how my thoughts or knowledge level may have changed over the years.

The blog reviews linked below will take two forms. One will be a more formalized review. The other will be more in the form of general (sometimes more specific) comments about a book. Quite often I write a few comments after reading a book with the thought that I may write a full-on review later – sometimes I get this done, sometimes not. I’ve listed the date of the review and whether I consider it to be formal or if it’s more in the form of comments. If I write a later formal review I’ll delete the comment link from this page – I’ll refer to the comments within the review anyway. I’m not going to rate these books – you should be able to figure out what I think of them from the review.

If you are a publisher interested in having a review published on this blog, please e-mail me for additional information.

Medieval History Geek Book Reviews


4 responses to “Book Reviews

  1. Miki Gormanil

    February 27, 2013 at 1:56 pm

    Looking at the books you have read, it seems you will like Yitzhak Hen’s book “Roman Barbarians” (2007). It is certainly the best book I have read on the culture of the barbarian west.
    Miki (another amateur historian)

  2. Curt Emanuel

    February 27, 2013 at 4:37 pm

    Thanks Miki. I’ve looked at that book for a while and see that it’s come out in paperback recently. Purdue has it in their library but it’s been continually checked out for some time. I hate to request something a professional medievalist might be using to feed my hobby and at the time the HC price was above what I wanted to pay. Now that it’s about a quarter of that price I’ll probably pick it up fairly quickly once I get off my current Early Christianity kick.

  3. Carole fleming

    July 10, 2013 at 12:27 pm

    Curt, I just discovered your blog. I am an immediate fan. thanks so much for your thoughts and insights. Carole

    • Curt Emanuel

      July 10, 2013 at 3:30 pm


      Thank you very much – you’ve just brightened an otherwise unremarkable day.



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