Top positive review
Brief History Worth Reading for Anyone Not Familiar with Richard the Lionheart
September 24, 2017
This book continues the recent trend at Hourly History to release books that are professionally edited while eliminating the repetitious passages included in the introduction and conclusion chapters. Thus, readers are treated to what I believe Hourly History intended to do at the beginning: present a focused treatment of a person or period of history, giving just enough of the information to make the book worthwhile without straying past the promise of us being able to read it in an hour.
Richard the Lionheart is a balanced treatment of Richard, being fair by pointing out the good and bad aspects that historians still debate. Fortunately for readers, the author doesn't take sides, and we are allowed to pursue more knowledge in other places before making up our minds. This overview provides enough about the political landscape for readers to understand the background as well as describing how Richard fit in this portion of history. There are many other important personages mentioned in the book that one could spend weeks or months investigating other interesting stories of the people Richard encountered. For those simply looking for a quick glance at his life, this book should satisfy.
Overall, a brief read that provides enough info and allows you to be done in 60 minutes or less. Four stars.