Really enjoyed this book, which I read for a college history class. Sadly, I kept getting failing grades on my papers even though I loved all the lectures and read the books with great enthusiasm. The prof couldn't explain at all why he was giving my papers failing grades. I later took them to an English prof who said she didn't see why either. It will always be a mystery and it was the only class in which I ever got poor marks. It didn't dissuade me from my love of history though, especially from a social and domestic perspective. Spare me the battles and dates and kings and queens. Tell me what people were wearing, eating, how they were raising their children, and how they treated the poor and social inferiors. Explain changes in economics, business practices., and social hierarchy. That's history to me!