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Famous Men of the Middle Ages by Addison B. Poland is an exceptional portrayal of the remarkable individuals who shaped the course of history during this significant period. With rich narratives and vivid descriptions, Poland makes the complex stories of kings, knights, and military leaders accessible to readers of all ages.

The book offers a comprehensive overview of the Middle Ages, providing insight into the major events and cultural shifts that occurred during this era. Poland's meticulous research is evident on every page, as he presents the lives of these famous men with great historical accuracy. From Charlemagne to Leonardo da Vinci, each biography is meticulously crafted, revealing their contributions and impact on the world.

One of the book's greatest strengths is Poland's ability to engage readers with his storytelling. He masterfully weaves together tales of heroic deeds and political intrigue, making the historical figures come alive. The inclusion of anecdotes and lesser-known facts not only adds depth to the narratives but also keeps readers captivated throughout their journey into the Middle Ages.

Moreover, Poland's writing style is fluid and accessible, ensuring that readers of all backgrounds can easily grasp the historical significance of each figure. The book strikes a perfect balance between providing sufficient context for beginners while offering fresh insights for those already familiar with the period.

Additionally, Famous Men of the Middle Ages is beautifully enhanced by a series of captivating illustrations depicting the key events and individuals discussed. These visual aids not only make the book visually appealing but also aid in understanding the personalities and settings portrayed.

While the book primarily revolves around men, it would have been even more enriching to have included prominent women who made significant contributions during this period. The absence of their stories leaves an incomplete picture of the Middle Ages. Nevertheless, this is a minor flaw in an otherwise exceptional work.

Famous Men of the Middle Ages by Addison B. Poland is undoubtedly a must-read for anyone interested in medieval history. Poland's meticulous research, engaging storytelling, and beautifully illustrated format make this an invaluable resource for both young readers and adults. This book is a brilliant homage to the influential figures who shaped the course of humanity and stands as a testament to the enduring importance of understanding and appreciating the Middle Ages.

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John H. Haaren, LL.D.

District Superintendent of Schools

The City of New York


A. B. Poland, Ph.D.

Superintendent of Schools

Newark N. J.


The study of history, like the study of a landscape, should begin with the most conspicuous features. Not until these have been fixed in memory will the lesser features fall into their appropriate places and assume their right proportions.

The famous men of ancient and modern times are the mountain peaks of history. It is logical then that the study of history should begin with the biographies of these men.

Not only is it logical; it is also pedagogical. Experience has proven that in order to attract and hold the child's attention each conspicuous feature of history presented to him should have an individual for its center. The child identifies himself with the personage presented. It is not Romulus or Hercules or C├Žsar or Alexander that the child has in mind when he reads, but himself, acting under similar conditions.

Prominent educators, appreciating these truths, have long recognized the value of biography as a preparation for the study of history and have given it an important place in their scheme of studies.

The former practice in many elementary schools of beginning the detailed study of American history without any previous knowledge of general history limited the pupil's range of vision, restricted his sympathies, and left him without material for comparisons... Continue reading book >>

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