The Edge of the World

The Edge of the World

A Cultural History of the North Sea and the Transformation of Europe

Book - 2015
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Tells the story of how modernity emerged on the shores of the North Sea, uncovering a lost history of a thousand years rife with saints, spies, pirates, philosophers, artists, and intellectuals.
Publisher: New York : Pegasus Books, 2015.
Edition: First Pegasus books edition.
Copyright Date: ©2014
ISBN: 9781605986999
Branch Call Number: 940.1 Pye
Characteristics: 394 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (chiefly color), color maps ; 24 cm


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May 13, 2017

RoyStreet--Your comments on grammar usage remind me of one my favorite old "clean" jokes:

A fare gets into a cab in downtown Boston...He asks the cabby," where can I get scrod in this town?" The cabby replies:" I have'nt heard the proper usage of the past plu-perfect in years"

SFPL_danielay Aug 24, 2016

An engaging look at the Middle Ages from a Northern European point of view. Instead of focusing on military campaigns and successions of rulers Pye look into how trade and cultural connections across the North Sea influenced societies during that time.

May 26, 2016

Disappointing. After a couple of chapters, I had to ask myself what was wrong. Why didn't I like this book more? The response: "I'm bored! I already know most of this stuff, and the writing doesn't make up for it."

P.S. An annoying feature of this author's writing is the use of the past progressive instead of the simple past, e.g., "The warehouses were storing goods, but also producing more goods than the town could use." (pp 44-5) To signify that an activity was, as here, usual, customary, typical or commonly true, use the simple past. Accordingly, the passage should run, "The warehouses stored goods, but also produced. . .." Use the past progressive when coordinating an action "in progress" with that of another verb, as in "The Franks attacked as the Frisians were sleeping."

May 13, 2016

One of 2015's top-rated history books, the author explores how early patterns of settlement and cultural interactions made the lands bordering the North Sea players on the world stage.
More scholarly than I expected, the book took time to read and absorb. I found some chapters more interesting than others; those that described social history were favorites.

Jun 22, 2015

well imagined, researched and written. both informative and entertaining. i'll likely read again


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