A Fool and His Money: Life in a Partitioned Medieval Town

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Vintage, 1995 - City and town life - 244 pages
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To read it is like opening a shutter onto a sunlit medieval street teeming with characters, talk and noise.
Few books have captured the atmosphere of daily medieval life as well or as movingly as A Fool and His Money. Rodez, in southern France, was divided for centuries by a feud between two masters. This partitioned town thus acquired two distinct cultures. The story focuses on the strange case of Peyre Marques, a merchant who forgets where he has buried his gold.

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Review: A Fool and His Money: Life in a Partitioned Town in Fourteenth-Century France

User Review  - Walt - Goodreads

The basic premise is fascinating: using a legal drama to describe an era. In this case, Wroe selected to describe 14th Century Rodez, a town in Southern France that endured conflicting loyalties ... Read full review

Review: A Fool and His Money: Life in a Partitioned Town in Fourteenth-Century France

User Review  - Margaret Sankey - Goodreads

Engaging micro-history using a 14th century court case to examine the everyday workings of a town divided between the Black Prince and the Count of Armagnac, the mental decline of an elderly merchant ... Read full review

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About the author (1995)

Ann Wroe is a senior editor at "The Economist" and the author of "Pontius Pilate, "which was a finalist for the Samuel Johnson Prize. She is also the author of "A Fool and His Money "and "The Perfect Prince," She lives in London.

"From the Hardcover edition.

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