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My research regarding Western Europe in the Medieval period had been very important, particularly when I came to look at the Cistercian monastic order and that of the famed Knights Templar. Both institutions were absolutely pivotal in the creation of Capitalism and the political and economic structure of the world we live in today. But in both cases they owned much of what they achieved to the humble sheep. It became apparent to me that this was a story in its own right, and so I set out to write 'Sheep'.
I hope this is one of the most entertaining of my books and people who have read it certainly seem to think so. What it represents is the history of the world in terms of an animal that we see in fields every day and yet never give a second thought to. In reality we could not be what we are or living the lives that we do were it not for sheep because they represent the economic heart of both the agricultural and the industrial revolutions.
On the way they represent some very surprising stories and this is the sort of book where the reader is likely to say to him or herself on practically every page 'Wow, who would have believed that?' From our earliest attempts at farming, through the absolute revolution that sprang up in Champagne France in the 12th century and on to the enclosure acts and the deportations from Scotland and Ireland, sheep have been right at the heart of everything.
Even a country such as the USA, though not big on sheep itself, owes its very existance to this animal.