The Year 1000
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This book is centered around the Julius Book Calendar, one of few surviving documents from that era; there's a digitized copy available from the British Museum, which is pretty awesome. Not that long ago one would need special permission and a trip to the museum itself to get a look at the thing. [It's tragic to think of all the documentation that was lost during the dissolution of the monasteries. While Thomas Cromwell's plans for reformation may have had some praiseworthy goals, the loss of historical information was extreme.]
Fun fact: the calendar is called "Julius" thanks to the library-organization method of Sir Robert Cotton, circa 1600: each of the large bookshelves in his library had a classical bust on top, including Roman emperors, Cleopatra, and others, and he cataloged his books according to the bust, adding specific shelves and volume numbers as needed. So the calendar resided on a shelf beneath a bust of Julius Caesar!
The book uses this structure to convey information about daily lives, different classes, beliefs, and occupations of the English folk in and around the year 1000, with some intriguing tidbits derived from the few surviving sources.
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