Life in a Medieval Village

Life in a Medieval Village

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A lively, detailed picture of village life in the Middle Ages by the authors of "Life in a Medieval City" and" Life in a Medieval Castle." "A good general introduction to the history of this period."-- "Los Angeles Times" "A good general introduction to the history of this period." "--Los Angeles Times"
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Product details

  • Paperback | 272 pages
  • 134 x 202 x 16mm | 230g
  • HarperPerennial
  • New York, NY, United States
  • English
  • Reprint
  • b&w photographs, maps, index
  • 0060920467
  • 9780060920463
  • 137,342

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The reissue of Joseph and Frances Gies's classic bestseller on life in medieval villages.

This new reissue of Life in a Medieval Village, by respected historians Joseph and Frances Gies, paints a lively, convincing portrait of rural people at work and at play in the Middle Ages. Focusing on the village of Elton, in the English East Midlands, the Gieses detail the agricultural advances that made communal living possible, explain what domestic life was like for serf and lord alike, and describe the central role of the church in maintaining social harmony. Though the main focus is on Elton, c. 1300, the Gieses supply enlightening historical context on the origin, development, and decline of the European village, itself an invention of the Middle Ages.

Meticulously researched, Life in a Medieval Village is a remarkable account that illustrates the captivating world of the Middle Ages and demonstrates what it was like to live during a fascinating--and often misunderstood--era.
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"A good general introduction to the history of this period." "--Los Angeles Times"
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