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Robert Lacey

Robert Lacey
Robert Lacey is the "method actor" of biographers, a British historian and author who specializes in getting close to - and often living alongside--his subjects (well, the modern ones, at least). His books have been published throughout the British Commonwealth, as well as in the United States, and have also been translated in Spain, Brazil, France, Italy, Belgium, Switzerland, Germany, Sweden, Finland, Israel, the Arab world and Japan. The author of numerous bestsellers, Robert is noted for his original research and for making vital social issues accessible to the general reader in a compulsive, page-turning style.

After writing his first works of historical biography, Robert, Earl of Essex and Sir Walter Raleigh, Robert was commissioned to write his biography of Queen Elizabeth II, Majesty, which was published on the occasion of the Queen's Silver Jubilee in 1977. This book was greeted with instant critical acclaim on both sides of the Atlantic. It has sold more than a million copies world wide, and it remains acknowledged as the definitive study of British monarchy - a subject on which the author continues to write and lecture in Britain and other countries. Robert appears regularly on NBC's Today show and also on Larry King Live.

The Kingdom, a study of Saudi Arabia published in 1981, is similarly acknowledged as the best and most comprehensive introduction to the modern history of Arabia. Based on five years of documentary research in Arab and British archives and on interviews with world statesmen ranging from King Khaled to Dr. Henry Kissinger, The Kingdom has become required reading for businessmen, diplomats and students all over the world. To research The Kingdom, Robert and his wife Sandi took their family to live for 18 months beside the Red Sea in Jeddah.

His latest bestseller is The Year 1000--An Englishman's World, which describes what life was like at the turn of the last millennium. The New Yorker praised The Year 1000, which Robert co-wrote with Danny Danziger, as "enchanting", while Publishers Weekly described the book as "delightful," "often astonishing" and "a superb time capsule".

Born in 1944 and educated at Bristol Grammar School and Selwyn College, Cambridge, Robert started his career as a journalist with the Illustrated London News and the Sunday Times before becoming a full time writer in 1974. He has three children, Sasha, Scarlett and Bruno, and lives with his wife Sandi in London.

Year 1000 : What Life Was Like at the Turn of the First Millennium, The
Robert Lacey
As the shadow of the millennium descended across England and Christendom, it seemed as if the world was about to end. Actually, it was only the beginning....

Welcome to the Year 1000.
This is what life was like.

  • How clothes were fastened in a world without buttons, p. 10
  • The rudiments of medieval brain surgery, p. 124
  • The first millennium's Bill Gates, p. 192
  • How dolphins forecasted weather, p. 140
  • The recipe for a medieval form of Viagra, p. 126
  • The belongings and body parts a married woman must forfeit if she committed adultery, p. 171
  • The fundamental rules of warfare, p. 154
  • What the hieroglyphics on English coins revealed, p. 68
  • How fried and crushed black snails could improve your health, p. 127
  • Omens of a turn-of-the-millennium apocalypse, p. 184
  • and much more....

Year 1000: What Life Was Like at the Turn of the First Millennium
Robert Lacey
The Year 1000 is a vivid and surprising portrait of life in England a thousand years ago. A world that already knew brain surgeons and property developers and, yes, even the occasional gossip columnist.

Uncovering such wonderfully unexpected details, authors Robert Lacey and Danny Danziger bring this distant world closer than it has ever been before. How did people survive without sugar? How did monks communicate if they were not allowed to speak? Why was July called "the hungry month"? The Year 1000 answers these questions and reveals such secrets as the recipe for a medieval form of Viagra and a hallucinogenic treat called "crazy bread."

In the spirit of modern investigative journalism, Lacey and Danziger interviewed the top historians and archaeologists in the field. Their research led them to an ancient and little-known document of the period, the Julius Work Calendar, a sharply observed guide that takes us back in time to a charming and very human world of kings and revelers, saints and slave laborers, lingering paganism and profound Christian faith.

This exuberant and informative book concludes as the shadow of the millennium descends across England and Christendom. While prophets of doom predict the end of the world, A.D. 1000 sees the arrival of such bewildering concepts as infinity and zero, along with the abacus-the medieval calculating machine. These are portents of the future, and The Year 1000 finishes by examining the human and social ingredients that were to make for success and achievement in the next thousand years.

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