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Life in Medieval Times

3.39  ·  Rating Details ·  103 Ratings  ·  10 Reviews
An age of chivalry, color, and faith from which the modern world still draws inspiration or centuries of violence, squalor, and superstition best forgotten? Marjorie Rowling refreshingly avoids any such extreme judgments so often passed on the Middle Ages. Instead, she looks closely at some of the people who lived and worked in that fascinating era of European history."
Paperback, 224 pages
Published November 20th 1973 by TarcherPerigee (first published March 23rd 1973)
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Connor B
Jun 08, 2016 Connor B rated it liked it
It's OK.

The chapters on cookery, women, and everyday life are interesting. The others are relatively prosaic and overly academic. Or perhaps this just indicates my particular tastes.

The information, however, is excellently researched and compiled. If you stumble across this book somewhere, know that it's not a bad read and there will at least be one or two chapters in here you really enjoy.
Apr 30, 2008 Paul rated it liked it
This is a great overview or general history of the Medieval era. It doesn't delve very deeply into any particular subject, nor does it promote a novel interpretation or highlight controversies, etc. That's not to say that it's bland or text-book-y. It makes for a good, educational read.

Each chapter looks at a particular aspect of medieval life. Ex: Towns and Tradesmen, Monks and Friars, Scientists and Technologists, etc.

Jan 16, 2016 Oodles rated it liked it
It's a good intro to a variety of topics...the author focuses on these subjects:
1. Charlemagne and Society
2. Lords and Vassals
3. Townsmen and Traders
4. Women and Wives
5. Pilgrims and Crusaders
6. Monks and Friars
7. Schools and Scholars
8. Church Builders and Artists
9. Doctors and Patients
10. Scientists and Technologists

I was a little annoyed that the references for quotes weren't clearly indicated. And all the illustrations were numbered but only occasionally referred to and then they were referen
Jun 25, 2009 Judie rated it liked it
Shelves: non-fiction
Each chapter deals with a different segment of the population. Within that chapter, the information is conversational, and moves from one thing to another. There are nice drawings and a chronology outlining how these people fit into the big picture.
Austin Storm
Dec 11, 2012 Austin Storm rated it liked it
Medieval life is hard to understand because modern life is so much more homogeneous. In medieval times the monks / scholars / rulers were good except when they were bad. Women were simultaneously treated poorly and put on a pedestal. I went away feeling more confused than when I started.
Fredrick Danysh
Jul 10, 2011 Fredrick Danysh rated it liked it
Shelves: history
This book describes everyday life during the Middle Ages in Europe. Deals with common people as well as the nobility.
Steve Horton
Jun 13, 2011 Steve Horton rated it really liked it
great social history...a classic survey of the times
May 10, 2009 Oswald rated it it was amazing
love it, will definitely read it again. Good for high school students, or even advanced middle school students.
Robert Clay
Dec 15, 2008 Robert Clay rated it liked it
Good general overview of the Middle Ages; objective, well-organized, fun to read; assumes some previous knowledge of basic history on the part of the reader.
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