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Explore the Middle Ages, a complex and often misunderstood period in European history, through this vivid examination. Details of everyday living recreate the time period for modern readers, conveying the foreignness of the medieval world while bringing it into focus. The volume provides a two-pronged approach to history beginning with a broad sketch of the general dynamics that shaped the medieval experience while at the same time creating a detailed and clear portrait of what life would have been like for real individuals living in specific settings at the time. The reader is introduced to medieval society in the first three chapters, which include information on the life cycle, material culture, and the economy. These chapters provide an understanding of what people ate, what their social lives were like, what they wore, what kinds of jobs they had, and much more. Following are portraits of life in four specific medieval settings, offering in each case a particular example of the type: the village (Cuxham in Oxfordshire), the castle (Dover), the monastery (Cluny) and the town (Paris). Extensive use of documentary sources from each place sketch the broad contours of the social setting and provide details of the everyday experiences of real individuals. The volume concludes with an exploration of how ordinary people perceived the world in which they lived. Original games, recipes, and music are also provided to round out this rich introduction to life in medieval Europe. Product DetailsISBN-13: 9780313302732 Publisher: ABC-CLIO Incorporated Publication Date: 08-30-1999 Pages: 288 Product Dimensions: 6.26(w) x 9.31(h) x 0.95(d) Age Range: 14 - 17 Years Series: Greenwood Press Daily Life Through History SeriesAbout the Author JEFFREY L. SINGMAN is the author of several works on medieval and early modern Europe, including Daily Life in Chaucer's England (Greenwood, 1995), Daily Life in Elizabethan England (Greenwood, 1995), and Robin Hood: The Shaping of the Legend (Greenwood, 1998). Dr. Singman has worked at various living history sites, including Greenfield Village and Plimoth Plantation, and is now the Paul S. Morgan Curator at the Higgins Armory Museum and Adjunct Professor of Humanities at Worcester Polytechnic Institute in Massachusetts.

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A masterful narrative of the Middle Ages, when religion became a weapon for kings all over the world. In her earlier work, The History of the Ancient World, Susan Wise Bauer wrote of the rise of kingship based on might. But in the years between the fourth and twelfth centuries, rulers had to find new justification for their power, and they turned to divine truth or grace to justify political and military action. Right began to replace might as the engine of empire. Not just Christianity and Islam but also the religions of the Persians, the Germans, and the Mayas were pressed into the service of the state. Even Buddhism and Confucianism became tools for nation building. This phenomenon—stretching from the Americas all the way to Japan—changed religion, but it also changed the state. The History of the Medieval World is a true world history, linking the great conflicts of Europe to the titanic struggles for power in India and Asia. In its pages, El Cid and Guanggaeto, Julian the Apostate and the Brilliant Emperor, Charles the Hammer and Krum the Bulgarian stand side by side. From the schism between Rome and Constantinople to the rise of the Song Dynasty, from the mission of Muhammad to the crowning of Charlemagne, from the sacred wars of India to the establishment of the Knights Templar, this erudite book tells the fascinating, often violent story of kings, generals, and the peoples they ruled. Product DetailsISBN-13: 9780393059755 Publisher: Norton W. W. & Company Inc. Publication Date: 02-22-2010 Pages: 746 Product Dimensions: 6.30(w) x 9.30(h) x 1.70(d)About the Author Susan Wise Bauer is a writer, educator, and historian. Her previous books include the Writing With Ease, Writing With Skill, and Story of the World series from Well-Trained Mind Press, as well as The Well-Trained Mind: A Guide to Classical Education at Home, The Well-Educated Mind: A Guide to the Classical Education You Never Had, Rethinking School, The Story of Western Science: From the Writings of Aristotle to the Big Bang Theory, and the History of the World series, all from W. W. W. Norton. She has a Ph.D. in American Studies from the College of William & Mary in Virginia, as well as an M.A. in seventeenth-century literature and a Master of Divinity in Ancient Near Eastern Languages and Literature. For fifteen years, she taught literature and composition at the College of William and Mary.

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Despite the popular view of medieval Europe as a Dark Age of intellectual stagnation, scientific and technological achievement thrived during this time. As any vacationer to Europe knows, churches and castles remain lasting testaments to the ingenuity of that period in history. Through carefully chosen examples which are presented in easily accessible thematic chapters, Science and Technology in Medieval European Life demonstrates how these two aspects of human achievement, far from being ivory-tower enterprises, impacted the daily life of people in medieval Europe. These topics will also resonate with modern readers in their own daily lives. This reference work begins with an historical introduction that situates medieval science and technology into its social, intellectual and religious context. Among the varied topics found in the chapters are: armor making, waterwheels and waterpower, chimneys, stained glass, communication technology, ship building, medicine both academic and village, mechanical clocks, calendar creation, and astrology. For those interested in pursuing further research into this area of history, the book concludes with a chronology of events, a suggested list of further reading and a glossary. Product DetailsISBN-13: 9780313337543 Publisher: ABC-CLIO Incorporated Publication Date: 09-30-2006 Pages: 200 Product Dimensions: 6.14(w) x 9.21(h) x 0.50(d) Age Range: 14 - 17 Years Series: The Greenwood Press Daily Life Through History Series: Science and Technology in Everyday LifeAbout the Author Jeffrey R. Wigelsworth is Scholar in Residence at the Calgary Institute for the Humanities. Dr. Wigelsworth has taught European history and history of science at the University of Saskatchewan, University of Calgary, and Mount Royal College, Calgary. His articles have appeared in Isis, Canadian Journal of History, Journal of the Printing Historical Society, and other venues.

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Come one, come all for a ride upon Dame Fortune’s wheel! Join many a medieval character as some ride high on good luck, while others fall foul of greed, jealousy, and anger. For in this book, storyteller Dave Tonge has adapted traditional tales from sources like Chaucer and Bocaccio of proud princes, discontented doctors, mean merchants, covetous cooks, heroic hounds, and many more besides. Mixing them with morsels of history, Medieval Folk Tales for Children will give young readers a fair and fine flavor of the ups and downs of life from 500 to 1,000 years ago. Product DetailsISBN-13: 9780750990943 Publisher: The History Press Publication Date: 09-01-2020 Pages: 192 Product Dimensions: 5.00(w) x 7.75(h) x 0.80(d) Age Range: 9 - 11 YearsAbout the Author Dave Tonge is a professional storyteller and historian who gives storytelling performances to children at schools, museums, heritage sites, and storytelling festivals, where he focuses on historical stories from Medieval and Tudor folklore. He has also written tours on the medieval history of Norwich Castle Museum, the British Museum and the Ashmolean, and was recently commissioned to create a storytelling session based on the Bayeux Tapestry for families.

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When Barbara Hanawalt's acclaimed history The Ties That Bound first appeared, it was hailed for its unprecedented research and vivid re-creation of medieval life. David Levine, writing in The New York Times Book Review, called Hanawalt's book "as stimulating for the questions it asks as for the answers it provides" and he concluded that "one comes away from this stimulating book with the same sense of wonder that Thomas Hardy's Angel Clare felt [:] 'The impressionable peasant leads a larger, fuller, more dramatic life than the pachydermatous king.'" Now, in Growing Up in Medieval London, Hanawalt again reveals the larger, fuller, more dramatic life of the common people, in this instance, the lives of children in London. Bringing together a wealth of evidence drawn from court records, literary sources, and books of advice, Hanawalt weaves a rich tapestry of the life of London youth during the fourteenth and fifteenth centuries. Much of what she finds is eye opening. She shows for instance that--contrary to the belief of some historians--medieval adults did recognize and pay close attention to the various stages of childhood and adolescence. For instance, manuals on childrearing, such as "Rhodes's Book of Nurture" or "Seager's School of Virtue," clearly reflect the value parents placed in laying the proper groundwork for a child's future. Likewise, wardship cases reveal that in fact London laws granted orphans greater protection than do our own courts. Hanawalt also breaks ground with her innovative narrative style. To bring medieval childhood to life, she creates composite profiles, based on the experiences of real children, which provide a more vivid portrait than otherwise possible of the trials and tribulations of medieval youths at work and at play. We discover through these portraits that the road to adulthood was fraught with danger. We meet Alison the Bastard Heiress, whose guardians married her off to their apprentice in order to gain control of her inheritance. We learn how Joan Rawlyns of Aldenham thwarted an attempt to sell her into prostitution. And we hear the unfortunate story of William Raynold and Thomas Appleford, two mercer's apprentices who found themselves forgotten by their senile master, and abused by his wife. These composite portraits, and many more, enrich our understanding of the many stages of life in theMiddle Ages. Written by a leading historian of the Middle Ages, these pages evoke the color and drama of medieval life. Ranging from birth and baptism, to apprenticeship and adulthood, here is a myth-shattering, innovative work that illuminates the nature of childhood in the Middle Ages. Product DetailsISBN-13: 9780195093841 Publisher: Oxford University Press Publication Date: 02-23-1995 Pages: 320 Product Dimensions: 8.50(w) x 5.50(h) x 0.80(d)About the Author Barbara Hanawalt is Professor of History at the University of Minnesota. She is the author of The Ties That Bound: Peasant Families in Medieval England and Crime and Conflict in English Communities, 1300-1348.

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Drawing on both European and Arabic sources, a magisterial, narrative history tells the full story of this brutal struggle for dominion of the Holy Land from both the Christian and Muslim perspective for the first time, revealing the full horror, passion, and barbaric grandeur of the Crusades.

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