Rome and Jerusalem: The Clash of Ancient Civilizations by Martin Goodman

Starts with the war in the year 70, leading up to Titus and the legion burning down the Temple. Part two covers the Mediterranean region under Roman rule, and the Jewish communities in Jerusalem, Egypt, and other localities. What were communities like, who was head of household, how did they worship, lots of interesting details. … More Rome and Jerusalem: The Clash of Ancient Civilizations by Martin Goodman

A Young Patriot: The American Revolution as Experienced by One Boy by Jim Murphy

This book is a little too hard for my 5th grader so we are reading it out loud. We read a few pages a night, complete with side discussions about How Things Were Different Then. The story follows Joseph Martin, 14 year old boy who joined the Patriots to fight the British, ended his stint … More A Young Patriot: The American Revolution as Experienced by One Boy by Jim Murphy

A Distant Mirror: The Calamitous 14th Century by Barbara W. Tuchman

The Dark Ages – a time when nothing happened. Yes? No. Tuchman follows the life of the last Count of Coucy through the 1300s. The book opens before his birth, with a description of chivalry and the state of the continent, and of course a chapter on the Black Death, the plague which left Europe … More A Distant Mirror: The Calamitous 14th Century by Barbara W. Tuchman