This superb, illustrated series of biographic narratives concerns the various heroic figures who lived during the Middle Ages, be they great commanders, rulers of nations, inventors or artists.
In this inspiring chronicle of human endeavor, we hear of how Europe developed through the foresight and ability of a series of rare and able persons. Eva March Tappan is keen to include influential folklore – such as Beowulf and the Legend of King Arthur – which would inspire the spirits of those living in that era, serving as a blueprint for the real heroes to follow. Indeed, we encounter many parallels to Arthurian epics; kings who united and roused their people with charisma and vision, and by putting laws to paper that would usher Europe toward greater organization and prosperity.
The explorations of Marco Polo, the crusading Richard the Lionheart, and the invention of the printing press by Johannes Gutenberg are but a few events depicted in this book. Designed as an introduction to history of the Medieval era for younger readers, this work summarizes the progress of humanity through its arts, laws, conflicts and discoveries. Later chapters concern the Age of Discovery, and also the most iconic leaders of the High Middle Ages, such as Joan of Arc and Robert the Bruce.