Life In A Medieval Village

Paperback | January 30, 1991

byFrances Gies

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The reissue of Joseph and Frances Gies’s classic bestseller on life in medieval villages.

This new reissue of Life in a Medieval Village, by respected historians Joseph and Frances Gies, paints a lively, convincing portrait of rural people at work and at play in the Middle Ages. Focusing on the village of Elton, in the English East Midlands, the Gieses detail the agricultural advances that made communal living possible, explain what domestic life was like for serf and lord alike, and describe the central role of the church in maintaining social harmony. Though the main focus is on Elton, c. 1300, the Gieses supply enlightening historical context on the origin, development, and decline of the European village, itself an invention of the Middle Ages.

Meticulously researched, Life in a Medieval Village is a remarkable account that illustrates the captivating world of the Middle Ages and demonstrates what it was like to live during a fascinating—and often misunderstood—era.

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The reissue of Joseph and Frances Gies’s classic bestseller on life in medieval villages.This new reissue of Life in a Medieval Village, by respected historians Joseph and Frances Gies, paints a lively, convincing portrait of rural people at work and at play in the Middle Ages. Focusing on the village of Elton, in the English East Midl...

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The reissue of Joseph and Frances Gies’s classic bestseller on life in medieval villages.This new reissue of Life in a Medieval Village, by respected historians Joseph and Frances Gies, paints a lively, convincing portrait of rural people at work and at play in the Middle Ages. Focusing on the village of Elton, in the English East Midl...

Frances and Joseph Gies have been writing books about medieval history for thirty years. Together and separately, they are the authors of more than twenty books, including Life in a Medieval City, Life in a Medieval Castle, Life in a Medieval Village, The Knight in History, and Cathedral, Forge, and Waterwheel. They live near Ann Arbor...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:272 pages, 8 × 5.31 × 0.61 inPublished:January 30, 1991Publisher:HarperCollins

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ISBN - 10:0060920467

ISBN - 13:9780060920463

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"A good general introduction to the history of this period." (Los Angeles Times)

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If only Kodak and Bill Gates had been around 700 years ago, things would have been a lot easier for the scholars of medieval history. But, instead, it requires much digging and a healthy dose of informed guessing, always constrained by having only a small number of remaining documents to refer to. The authors have given us an interesting and detailed picture of life as the important concept of the village developed from what was once just a subsistence lifestyle. History comes alive here, and we empathize with real people and their real concerns.WAYNE BARDCHAPTERS #915, EDMONTON