The Middle Ages: A Graphic History

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Illustrated by Time Team Graphic Artist Neil Max Emmanuel and written by Dr Eleanor Janega - Paperback

A unique, illustrated book that will change the way you see medieval history

The Middle Ages: A Graphic History busts the myth of the ‘Dark Ages’, shedding light on the medieval period’s present-day relevance in a unique illustrated style.

This history takes us through the rise and fall of empires, papacies, caliphates and kingdoms; through the violence and death of the Crusades, Viking raids, the Hundred Years War and the Plague; to the curious practices of monks, martyrs and iconoclasts. We’ll see how the foundations of the modern West were established, influencing our art, cultures, religious practices and ways of thinking. And we’ll explore the lives of those seen as ‘Other’ – women, Jews, homosexuals, lepers, sex workers and heretics.

Join historian Eleanor Janega and illustrator Neil Max Emmanuel on a romp across continents and kingdoms as we discover the Middle Ages to be a time of huge change, inquiry and development – not unlike our own.


Eleanor Janega is a medieval historian specialising in social history. She is a lecturer at London School of Economics, hosts the ‘Going Medieval’ series on History Hit TV and runs a popular blog of the same name on intersections between medieval history and pop culture.

Neil Emmanuel is our 2D graphic artist and motion graphics whizz, who featured on Time Team episodes for 10 years and will be returning for our new digs soon. Catch up with our recent exclusive interview with Neil below. As well as sharing his Time Team memories, Neil tells us more about this excellent new book which he illustrated alongside author and historian, Dr Eleanor Janega.


Additional Details:

  • Paperback: 176 pages
  • Product dimensions : 254 x 177 mm
  • Publisher: Icon Books Ltd
  • Language: English
  • ISBN: 9781785785917

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