Medieval Life provides a short history of life in the Middle Ages. Colourful illustrations, many from contemporary medieval paintings, as well as striking photographs of surviving buildings and artefacts, allow the reader to understand the everyday lives
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14th century Agatha babies became bird BLACK DEATH blood-letting Bodiam bread built CANDLES castle CHASTITY CHILD BRIDE Church common land cooked crossbow CRUCK dancing decorated defend the walls died domestic comfort earthenware eaten England entertain families feudal system fire risk girls hand hawking herbal hockey houses illustration shows Isabella Jesters jugglers KING JOHN'S Knights late medieval LEPROSY level of domestic lives lord lord's table MARKET PLACE marriage medieval society merchants Middle Ages MIDWIFERY monasteries open to women peasant Penshurst Place perform an operation picture shows plague poor poorer classes popular pottery probably punished religious rich nobles risk of infection royal power scene serious crimes siege slaughtered sold soldiers SONGBIRDS strips SUPPLEMENTING THE DIET surgery SURRENDERING THE KEYS tableware thatch THOMAS BECKET THRESHING timber torture toured the country TOURNEY towns trade TRANSPORT TREADING THE GRAPES usually wealthy wheel wicker WILLIAM CAXTON wooden wool