The Middle Ages: Everyday Life in Medieval Europe

The Middle Ages: Everyday Life in Medieval Europe

by Jeffrey L. Singman


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We consider the Middle Ages barbaric, yet the period furnished some of our most enduring icons, including King Arthur's Round Table, knights in shining armor, and the idealized noblewoman. In this vivid history of the time, the medieval world comes to life in all its rich daily experience. Find out what people's beds were like, how often they washed, what they wore, what they cooked, how they worked, how they entertained themselves, how they wed, and what life was like in a medieval village, castle, or monastery. Contemporary artworks and documents further illuminate this fascinating historical era.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781454909057
Publisher: Sterling
Publication date: 11/05/2013
Series: Everyday Life
Pages: 328
Sales rank: 465,884
Product dimensions: 6.40(w) x 8.10(h) x 1.30(d)

About the Author

Jeffrey L. Singman has written several works on medieval and early modern Europe, including Daily Life in Chaucer's England, Daily Life in Elizabethan England, and Robin Hood: The Shaping of the Legend (all Greenwood Publishing Group). 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 Worcester, MA, where he lives.

Table of Contents

Introduction vii

A Medieval Timeline xvi

1 Medieval Society 1

2 The Life Cycle 19

3 Material Culture 39

4 Village Life 75

5 Castle Life 121

6 Monastic Life 159

7 Town Life 201

8 The Medieval World 255

Acknowledgments 273

Endnotes 274

Glossary 284

Selected Bibliography 288

Index 299

Image Credits 309

About the Author 310

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