Daily Life in the Middle Ages

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McFarland, Feb 15, 2001 - History - 301 pages
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Although life in the Middle Ages was not as comfortable and safe as it is for most people in industrialized countries today, the term “Dark Ages” is highly misleading. The era was not so primitive and crude as depictions in film and literature would suggest. Even during the worst years of the centuries immediately following the fall of Rome, the legacy of that civilization survived. This book covers diet, cooking, housing, building, clothing, hygiene, games and other pastimes, fighting and healing in medieval times. The reader will find numerous misperceptions corrected. The book also includes a comprehensive bibliography and a listing of collections of medieval art and artifacts and related sites across the United States and Canada so that readers in North America can see for themselves some of the matters discussed in the book. Instructors considering this book for use in a course may request an examination copy here.
 

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This book is a perfect resource for anyone seeking information about the middle ages. All topics pertaining to daily life are covered in detail, making a very informative read. The consistent ... Read full review

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This was a fabulous work of popular history that I would highly recommend to writers, reenactors, and amateur history nerds. It focused on material culture rather than social history, which means that ... Read full review

Contents

EATING AND COOKING
3
BUILDING AND HOUSING
37
CLOTHING AND DRESSING
93
CLEANING
137
RELAXING AND PLAYING
159
FIGHTING
191
HEALING
241
PLACES TO SEE MEDIEVAL ART AND ARTIFACTS IN THE US AND CANADA
271
BIBLIOGRAPHY
277
Index
283
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A lecturer on medieval history, Paul B. Newman holds degrees from the University of Maryland and George Washington University. He lives in Maryland.

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