The Bright Ages is a new history of the Middle Ages, surveying a thousand years from the 4th century to the 14th. It focuses on the way communities intermingled and ideas were communicated, and attempts to shatter many illusions about the period. Long-time players of Ars know the medieval period to be far more vibrant, learned, and well traveled than the “Dark Ages” moniker would suggest, so we don’t really need to be persuaded, but there’s a lot in this book to love. A couple of chapters dwell on 12th century Iberia, for example, another on the 1st and 4th Crusades, and a section on democracy and the many ways in which people in the period voted and used voting to retain their own power is especially illuminating for fans of Order of Hermes politics. The book also includes a very useful guide to further reading that turns into a survey of recent medieval history on a host of topics, so it’s great for research.
Also, one of the co-authors is a fan of our game.