Mistress, Maids and Men: Baronial Life in the Thirteenth Century

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Phoenix, 2003 - History - 235 pages
Based mainly on the household roll of Eleanor of Montfort (sister of Henry III and Countess of Leicester) in 1265, this absorbing work offers insights into the aristocracy’s domestic existence during the Medieval period. A wealth of information brings the family’s daily fare and activities alive: what they ate and drank, what they wore, how they amused themselves, and how much this lavishness cost. Additional captivating particulars from a contemporary treatise on etiquette and household management complete the picture of social customs at the time.

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