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Preview — Life in a Medieval City by Joseph Gies
Life in a Medieval City
For students, researchers, and history lovers, a look at day-to-day life in a rarely explored era. "About life and death, midwives and funerals, business, books and authors, and town government."Choice
The content was technical (as in, serious research rather than interesting trivia), but the writing wasn't dry. I liked the depth of information and the quotes from documents written at that time. There were some black and white ...more
The book doesn't really LOOK like much, particularly if you look at the too-dark photos that are included, but it is really comprehensive for its relatively short length. It does what it says on the cover - life in a medieval city is covered from many angles - it s ...more
I really enjoyed the discussion of the politics and economics of craftsmen and businessmen within a medieval city -- the particular city they focus on is Troyes in France -- and how all the other bits of medieval life interacted with business. I also really enjoyed the discussions of medieval literature and creators of fiction, poet ...more
Joseph and Frances Gies make history come alive...really transport you with day to day tidbits.
The book, in fact, is on the shelf above my computer. A definite keeper.