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A Day in a Medieval City

3.53  ·  Rating details ·  75 Ratings  ·  14 Reviews
An opportunity to experience the daily hustle and bustle of life in the late Middle Ages, A Day in a Medieval City provides a captivating dawn-to-dark account of medieval life. A visual trek through the thirteenth and fourteenth centuries—with seasoned historian and expert on medieval iconography Chiara Frugoni as guide—this book offers a vast array of images and vignettes ...more
Hardcover, 224 pages
Published September 1st 2005 by University Of Chicago Press (first published 1997)
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Feb 16, 2009 rated it liked it
Shelves: non-fiction
Synopsis: In this short scholarly work, Frugoni paints a picture of life in a medieval city. She extensively uses medieval literature, art and other primary source material to support the text and to show details. There are many illustrations contained in the book.

I’ll be upfront and say that I skimmed parts of this book. I did this partly because of an impending library due date. However, sometimes Frugoni would go off on a detail or a medieval tale that did not interest me and I skated
Mar 07, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Delightful illustrated description of typical days in the middle of the Middle Ages. I particularly enjoyed the chapters on children and women. Although chiefly Italian, there are also mentions of German and English habits. The narrative is taken from constantly cited historical works as well as from literature and art of the period.
Feb 03, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-2015
Confession :
Il y a des livres que je lis juste parce que j'aime le titre.
Celui-ci je l'ai lu parce qu'il sent bon... Mon cas est désespéré. (et j'ai déjà acheté des livres usagés juste parce qu'ils sentaient bons aussi!)

Pour en revenir au livre, j'ai beaucoup appris. Et je ne l'ai pas juste lu pour l'odeur! j'aime beaucoup les livres sur l'Histoire. Livre très intéressant aussi du point de vue artistique. Il y a beaucoup d'illustrations tout au long du livre. Donc je recommande si vous voulez e
Apr 19, 2010 rated it really liked it
Shelves: history, read-in-2010
This book focuses on Italy -- unsurprisingly, since the authors came from there -- and relies heavily on art to tell the story. Almost every page is illustrated with pictures of one or more paintings from the period. I enjoyed it, and I got a good sense of the atmosphere of the Italian cities with their crowding and chaos. The book is necessarily superficial, however, and to get a really detailed examination of medieval cities (especially non-Italian ones) you will have to look elsewhere.
Margaret Sankey
Jul 23, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: italian
Gorgeously illustrated, and drawing from frescoes, manuscript illustrations and details in Boccaccio as well as law cases, inventories and religious tracts, this is a description of everyday life in a medieval Italian walled city--the pigs in the streets, curfews when the gates close at dusk, thieves, children's games, servant problems, shopping, local celebrations, gossip and the regulating sound of bells.
Jan 30, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: storia
Deliziosa ricostruzione di molti aspetti quotidiani dell'epoca medioevale a partire dalle fonti iconografiche in nostro possesso. Apparato bibliografico all'altezza del testo.
Niente di meglio per immergersi nella vita dell'epoca.
Jul 22, 2017 rated it it was ok
Shelves: saggi, arte, medioevo
In uno stile molto accademico Chiara Frugoni ci spiega alcuni aspetti della vita degli uomini del Medioevo correlando il tutto con esempi pittorici. Devo dire che mi aspettavo di più e la parte più interessante è stata quella del padre, anch'esso professore universitario, Arsenio Frugoni nell'introduzione, che riesce a trasmettere a pieno la sensazione della vita dei nostri avi medievali
Christian, Kelanth, Scala
L'idea è superba, a chi non piacerebbe essere catapultato indietro nel tempo per trascorrere una giornata in una citàà del due-trecento in pieno medioevo? Vedere la vita, i colori, sentire gli odori, camminare tra la gente per le strade... curiosare nelle botteghe. Tutto questo è possibile tramita questo libro che con descrizioni vivide e accurate ti porta in un viaggio all'interno della storia medievale.
Skut L
Aug 26, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: nonfiction
Indispensable for anyone researching the daily life of all classes (although admittedly focusing more on the rising mercantile classes) in the 13th and 14th centuries. Focusing largely on Italy, it could readily be extrapolated that life is much the same in every part of Europe at this time.
Vicky Skinner
Mar 20, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
For a textbook, this book is shockingly interesting. The artwork is fantastic and so are the facts!
Two things I like about this: It's about Italy, rather than England, like most medieval stuff in these parts, and it's a fun read.
N.E. White
Jun 07, 2011 rated it really liked it
Fredrick Danysh
Oct 07, 2011 rated it liked it
Shelves: history
The author projects how life could have been lived in a Medieval city in an ordinary everyday routine. Contains some illustrations.
Marianne Page
Aug 06, 2012 rated it really liked it
Describes daily life in a medieval Italian city.
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