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Chaucer's England

3.77  ·  Rating Details  ·  13 Ratings  ·  6 Reviews
Drawing from historical and archaeological sources, as well as accounts of Chaucer's own life, this book recreates England in the age of the Canterbury Tales. It covers such topics as the science and medicine of the time.
Hardcover, 137 pages
Published September 1st 2000 by Shoe String Press (first published April 1st 2000)
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Cynthia Egbert
Jun 23, 2015 Cynthia Egbert rated it liked it
This book offered a great deal of insight into the lives led during the time of Chaucer. It was a bit dry in places but it was valuable as I attempt to get through The Canterbury Tales. This would still be of value for history buffs, even if you never plan to read anything written by Chaucer. A few interesting tidbits:

"Medical care took an holistic approach: the psychological and spiritual wellbeing of patients was linked to their physical care. Prayers and pilgrimages were as mych a part of the
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Annette
Jul 24, 2014 Annette rated it it was amazing
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Chaucer's England, explores 14th century England: from traveling to food, from housing to money, from "social hierarchy" to the religious order, from Parliament to medicine, from marriage to "leisure" activities.
Geoffrey Chaucer, was born in London, England, about 1340, and died 1400. There are "500 official documents" which contain information about Chaucer, "many of them brief records of payments made to him by his employers." Three English kings ruled during Chaucer's life. Edward III
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Katy Wilmotte
Jan 05, 2014 Katy Wilmotte rated it liked it
This book might as well be titled 'Life in Thirteenth Century England' for that is its entire subject; it talks a little of Chaucer but never in any great detail. Those looking for a basic portrait of medieval English life may find it useful; those looking for information about Geoffrey Chaucer should check out a biography .
Alex
Jul 22, 2011 Alex rated it really liked it
Shelves: non-fiction, 2011
Fantastic book for an overview of topics ranging from food to astrology to medicine to recreation and travel. It's nice and short if you just want the basics - it could go far more in depth, but this is a great start to the particular time period in this location for someone like me who hasn't read much on this era in England.
Geoff Sebesta
Feb 22, 2011 Geoff Sebesta rated it liked it
Good but very brief. There are many books like this and this one is not notably better or worse.
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May 26, 2012 Therese rated it really liked it
I read this at the same time I re-read Chaucer's tales and it was a great complement.
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