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A deer outside my kitchen window this morning — through Google Glass

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Medieval LEGO

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From Kelley Buck's January 21, 2016 Charlottesville Daily Progress article:

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Teen Combines Love for History, Writing, LEGO in New Book

Greyson Beights, a 15-year-old from Afton, Virginia, has combined his love for history and writing by creating "Medieval LEGO," a historically accurate picture book with descriptions written by scholars.

The text is accompanied by photographs of intricate LEGO designs depicting historical events.

Although only 15, Beights is a junior at Liberty University in Lynchburg. Beights has been writing for several years but was inspired for this particular book by a surprising statistic.

"The National Assessment of Educational Progress states that 82 percent of students are below proficiency in history," he said. "I believe this book will get the younger generation learning in a way that they will find most interesting."

Beights' own interest in history began while he was attending classes at Piedmont Virginia Community College as an 11-year-old. A dedicated professor taught him U.S. history with a contagious passion, he said, and Beights' fascination bloomed from there.

"Greyson's goal is to take the fun and imaginative part of LEGO and tell a real story and engage with real history," said Tyler Ortman, Beights' editor at No Starch Press. He described Beights as a driven individual who managed to mediate between 15 different builders and 17 medieval scholars to create the work.

The book moves in chronological order, beginning with William the Conqueror and ending with the Battle of Bosworth Field. LEGO characters wield swords and lean over tables in these scenes, each detail meticulously arranged to re-create what the event might have looked like. Some of the scenes were constructed by Beights himself, whose LEGO models have won several awards over the years on fan sites.

With descriptions written by scholars from England, Australia and the States, Beights said he hopes the book will reach LEGO fans and history lovers around the world.

As his website says: "Grab your broadsword and turn the page to join the adventure."

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"Medieval LEGO" costs $11.63.

January 28, 2016 at 08:01 AM | Permalink | Comments (0)

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