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Daily Life in Medieval Europe (The Greenwood Press Daily Life Through History Series)

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Explore the Middle Ages, a complex and often misunderstood period in European history, through this vivid examination. Details of everyday living recreate the time period for modern readers, conveying the foreignness of the medieval world while bringing it into focus. The volume provides a two-pronged approach to history beginning with a broad sketch of the general dynamic ...more
Paperback, 268 pages
Published August 1st 1999 by Greenwood Press (first published 1999)
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Tina Alston
While reading about women who have immigrated from Iran and India, this book gives a
neat perspective on how women and men lived 1000 years ago in Europe....at least the
landless serfs could walk on the street w/out a hood~
Alice
Feb 09, 2009 Alice rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It turns out that I'd already read this a few years ago. The reread did a lot to refresh my memory, though, so it was a wise move.

The Daily Life in History series was once recommended as a resource for getting into the texture and details of a time period in order to write about it. These books focus on what life looked like to the people living it, rather than famous people or events or architecture. Those details certainly appear, but as context for the rest of daily life rather than the focus
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Welwyn Katz
Sep 10, 2010 Welwyn Katz rated it it was amazing
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First, please note that Jeffrey L. Forgeng didn't write this book. Jeffrey L. Singman did.

I have singled this book out as amazing because it is a scholarly work (footnotes, bibliography, detailed index) and yet it is so easy to read that I just gobbled it up. The information is fabulous, with everything you ever wanted to know (including latrines, baths, laundry, exactly what clothing (patterns included) people wore from head to toe, including the startling information than medieval lords wore
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Alicia Willis
Aug 08, 2012 Alicia Willis rated it it was amazing
This is a very accurate book about the Middle Ages. Everything from the way women cared for their children to the role of a father in the home is carefully and very historically laid out. A must-read for every medieval fan!
Joshua Mooney
May 10, 2014 Joshua Mooney rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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An excellent and detailed overview of daily medieval life, covering villages and towns as well as monasteries and castles. If one has ever wondered what it might be like to live within a manor system or manage a castle, this is book is a great starting point.
Redsteve
A most excellent book: entertaining and chock full of source material. I highly recommend this to anyone interested in medieval history in general and living history in specific.
Tamara Leigh
Nov 30, 2011 Tamara Leigh rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Absolutely wonderful resource for those writing in the medieval time period. To the point and covers most basic areas of life during the middle ages.
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