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Twilight and History Paperback – Apr 1 2010
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From the Back Cover
What were the social norms of the world that Edward grew up in? (Hint: Bella's guesses were a little off.)
Considering the history of the Quileute people, was Team Jacob always doomed?
What would Jasper have experienced as a Civil War soldier?
Are the Volturi typical Italian Renaissance rulers?
What was childhood like in seventeenth-century London, where Carlisle was born?
The answers to these compelling questions and more can be found inside Twilight and History. From Renaissance Italy to the persecution of suspected witches in early modern England to the American Civil War, the Cullens and other immortals in the Twilight series have witnessed many of the defining events that shaped the modern world. This book is the first to look at the wealth of history that shaped the identities of Twilight's characters and influenced their actions. With timelines comparing Twilight Saga history with real human history, it is the perfect Twilight companion for history lovers and Twilight fans to bite into, adding a new dimension to the series and providing compelling historical background on Stephenie Meyer's characters and plotlines.
About the Author
Nancy R. Reagin is a professor of history and women's and gender studies at Pace University, who has published several books in modern European history. Her current research focuses on the history of literary fan communities. She's also an active fan who has worked on fan archives and Web sites, and has helped build fan organizations. She rooted for Team Jacob long after most reasonable people would have given up hope.
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In the introduction of Twilight and History, there's a timline that shows major life events of the Twilight characters plotted against world events like the English Civil War or the publication of Bram Stoker's Dracula. It's startling to see this visual representation of just how long some of the vampires have been around. But it's even more fun to read what professionally trained historical experts have to say about the life and times of the Cullens and their associates.
The individual articles go deeply into the lives the characters might have lived and the past cultures that influenced them. The two articles focused on Edward really helped me understand what sort of world he grew up in and how it shaped his personal moral code and romantic ideals. At the same time, reading about the real history of the Quileute people and their interactions with whites and the US government gave me a lot of insight into Jacob's drives and expectations.
For me, though, the most fascinating article was the one about how the Volturi lived during the renaissance. I love Italian history, and it was a treat for me to go back over places and events I'd studied many times, only now imagining them from a vampire's perspective.
Taking the little morsels of history that Stephenie Meyer sprinkles through the Twilight saga and bringing them out in full and accurate detail make this book a delightful companion to the original series.
The authors note where Stephenie Meyer got some details wrong, sure. But most fans are going to like this book. If you like history, anyway. A fun way to learn some new history AND more about Twilight and your favorite characters. I'm enjoying it.
A shame the reviewer below didn't even read this book before writing up the long post on how Meyer got it wrong in Twilight.
Personally I think that this book was excellently written, and I found it to be an amusing read. I think my favorite parts were about Jasper and Dr. Cullen. This book had taken some of background of the vampires and compiled factual research to how the character would have lived.
This is a good companion book to the original Twilight Saga.
"Twilight and History" made an absolutely brilliant book. After reading the book, I feel that I know more about varied historical topics. As a fan of "Twilight," I loved examining the characters as historical figures. In particular, I enjoyed learning about the history of Civil War soldiers, asymlums, and of vampires in folklore. I give "Twilight and History" five out of five stars and would recommend it to any "Twilight" fan who holds an interet in history. DJ