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Book reviews of author Paul Chrystal.

Old York by York Historian

‘Old York brings us 150 photographs dating back to the late 19th century; they are not just the usual stuff – the book is enhanced by the inclusion of a number of rarely seen images from the Evelyn Collection (held by the Yorkshire Architectural & York Archaeological Society) and by photos from the extensive archives […]

In Bed with the Romans – Various Reviews

‘Drawn from an impressive range of sources…racy and enlightening’. Minerva: The International Review of Ancient Art & Archaeology   ‘An excellent read…Chrystal is an informative and engaging guide’. All About History Magazine   ‘An impressive piece of work, not least because of the wealth of evidence and the number of references to ancient sources’. Dr […]

Women at War in the Classical World by Dr Stanley Ireland, University of Warwick

Chrystal’s work has given us a study remarkable for its detail and the breadth of its scope, an analysis backed up with ample referencing… a work of considerable scholarship and insight, one that anyone with an interest in ancient warfare will not be able to ignore’. Dr Stanley Ireland, Department of Classics & Ancient History, […]

Review – How To Be A Roman: A Day in the Life of a Roman Family

HOW TO BE A ROMAN: A Day in the Life of a Roman Family Using the device of a single day of 12 hours to divide his topics, he describes domestic life, patronage and work, education, domestic religion, bathing, entertainments, pets and food. Each topic bristles with facts, and there are generous extracts from the […]

Harrogate Pubs Including Knaresborough

Harrogate Pubs including Knaresborough by Paul Chrystal Amberley Publishing (March 2016) £14.99 Reviewed by Dave Pickersgill  This 96-page book (100 illustrations) includes detailed comments on ‘the best of pubs‘, 15 in central Harrogate, eight in Knaresborough and another 22 in the local area. Also included are two local breweries: Daleside and Roosters. Each entry includes full address, […]