I love the fact I'm reading about the dark ages from a guy who lived two hundred years ago. Just the fact that his own style of writing and speaking from the early Victorian era gives the book a little more character than if it was written today. That said, a little difficult to read at times, as the style of writing tends to be more fancy than necessary. (Back then, I believe that's what they thought they ought to do when writing a book.) Nonetheless, amazing research considering the source, and what types of tools he used to get the information down in the pre-information era. Everything personal, private, social, political -- it's all here.