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Daily Life in Chaucer's England (The Greenwood Press Daily Life Through History Series)
The medieval world comes alive in this indispensable hands-on resource to life as it was actually lived--with authentic recipes, clothing patterns, songs, dances, and games. The first book on medieval England to arise out of the living history movement, it recreates the daily life of ordinary people, not just the aristocracy, by combining a hands-on approach with the best ...more
Hardcover, 272 pages
Published October 30th 1995 by Greenwood Press
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For the record, when I picked this book up at the library I didn't realize that it is specifically geared toward historical reenactors, aka those dorks from the SCA. I guess it's a testament to my own dorkiness that I didn't put it down when I made that discovery, and, in fact, that I read the entire book in just a few days. This is a great cultural history of life in England in the middle ages. It's informative and well documented without being dry. But no, in case you are wondering, you will n ...more
I picked this up thinking it was just another daily life book like others I've read of similar titles. It is, however, more of a guide geared toward those who participate in re-enactments and such. It certainly does its job, providing clothing patterns, recipes, rules for games of the day, lyrics to songs, and much more. Interesting, even to those who are not into living history.
The book is a very good first kind of reference to not only the 14th century of merry old England, but is similarly a good reference to the beginning medieval recreational person, whither for just fun or something of a more serious side. Bonus for me, a happy accident that I read Will McLean's blog, who is on the book listed as an 'and' author, though for some reason left off here.
I just picked up this book and it is just fabulous! Talk about wonderful useless facts! It has the Lord's prayer and the Apostles Creed in Chaucerian English and Latin. It has all coin values w/ the modern equivalents. Food and clothing and all Chaucerian household goods w/ their sample prices and daily wages.Everything! This is one awesome book!
This was a very good introduction to daily life--warning, though--parts of it are aimed at reenactors (clothing patterns, recipes). I found this tedious and rather wished--at least in the clothing section--that I'd just been provided with basic sketches of what the clothing looked like worn instead of sketches of pieces of fabric.
When I told my boyfriend I was reading a book about medieval England, he said "sounds boring." But he was wrong. This book was really incredibly interesting to me. It was written in an understandable way, but wasn't so dumbed-down that it was irritating, and I very much liked the fact that it had actual recipes, clothing patterns, etc.
Mar 01, 2013 Damona rated it 4 of 5 stars
I picked up this book at the library when I was about 13, and I absolutely loved it. I read it several times and absorbed a lot of interesting tidbits. I'm so glad that I saw it one here because I could never remember what it was called!
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