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Daily Life in Chaucer's England (Daily Life Through History Series)
     

Daily Life in Chaucer's England (Daily Life Through History Series)

by Jeffrey L. Forgeng, Will Mclean
 

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Experience the medieval world firsthand in this indispensable "hands-on" resource, and examine life as it was actually lived. The first book on medieval England to arise out of the "living history" movement, this volume allows readers to understand-and, if possible, recreate-what life was like for ordinary people in the days of Geoffrey Chaucer. Readers will learn

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Experience the medieval world firsthand in this indispensable "hands-on" resource, and examine life as it was actually lived. The first book on medieval England to arise out of the "living history" movement, this volume allows readers to understand-and, if possible, recreate-what life was like for ordinary people in the days of Geoffrey Chaucer. Readers will learn not only what types of games medieval Britons played, what clothes they wore, or what food they ate, but actual rules for games, clothing patterns, and recipes. Student researchers will benefit from a multitude of resources, including primary source sidebars, a chapter on online resources and digital research, information on medieval reenactments, a timeline of events, a glossary of terms, numerous illustrations, and a comprehensive print and nonprint bibliography of accessible sources. Supporting the world history curriculum and offering an interactive supplement to literature curricula, this volume is a must-have for students and interested readers.

Detailed and meticulous, this volume examines all aspects of life in medieval England, down to basic fundamentals like nutrition, waste management, and table manners. Readers will explore:

• seasons

• holidays and holy days

• the prevalence and normalcy of death

• the average workday

• crafts and trade

• decorating practices

• recreational activities like archery and falconry.

Parallel situations and quoted material from The Canterbury Tales also draw direct connections to Chaucer's work.

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From the Publisher
"Forgeng is a curator at the Higgins Armory Museum in Worcester, Massachusetts; McLean is an author, illustrator and scholar who is active in medieval recreation and living history. They update their 1995 description of 14th-century England with information and insights they and other scholars have gleaned over the intervening decade, and incorporate the growing medieval presence on the Internet. They discuss society, households and the course of life, clothing and accessories, arms and armor, food and drink, entertainments, and other aspects. An appendix offers guidance on conducting a medieval event." - Reference & Research Book News

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780313359514
Publisher:
ABC-CLIO, Incorporated
Publication date:
02/17/2009
Series:
Greenwood Press Daily Life Through History Series
Edition description:
Revised
Pages:
328
Product dimensions:
6.40(w) x 9.30(h) x 1.20(d)
Age Range:
14 - 17 Years

Meet the Author

JEFFREY L. SINGMAN is an University of Michigan. He is a practitioner of Elizabethan living history as a founding member of the University Medieval and Renaissance Association (Tabard Inn Society) of Toronto and the Trayn'd Bandes of London, an international living history organization. He has published and lectured on games literature and game theory, medieval languages and literatures, and the Robin Hood legend.

WILL McLEAN is an author and illustrator who has been active in medieval living history for 20 years. He runs reenactments of medieval tournaments and has written several articles on the subject.

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