This is not an ordinary history book. As readers will realise quite
early on, Neagu Djuvara has the audacity to tackle some of the most
delicate and controversial issues in Romanian history under the guise of
light storytelling. With the addition of illustrations, the book
becomes better and easier to understand: we are offered the chance to
see how ancient artefacts discovered by archaeologists actually look
like, or catch a glimpse of the world of barbarians and medieval
warriors depicted in wonderful illuminated manuscripts. As we get nearer
to the modern age, the imagery becomes even richer and we get to know
Romania's princes and monarchs, their allies and their enemies, the
politicians – good and bad – their triumphs, tribulations or even
tragedies; and sometimes even the common people going about their daily
lives. The photographic discourse focuses on the most important
documents, even if their condition is not optimal.
You will also
find images of pottery, jewellery and weaponry, some of them from
unexpected sources, often unknown to the public, accompanied by detailed
captions that complement the information provided in the text itself.
Together, the story and illustrations intertwine to form a new, enhanced
historical account - and hopefully, one not lacking in originality.