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
     
 

ISBN-10: 0313293759

ISBN-13: 9780313293757

Pub. Date: 10/28/1995

Publisher: ABC-CLIO, Incorporated

The medieval world comes alive in this indispensable hands-on resource to life as it was actually lived—with authentic recipes, clothing patterns, songs, dances, and games. The first book on medieval England to arise out of the living history movement, it recreates the daily life of ordinary people, not just the aristocracy, by combining a hands-on approach

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The medieval world comes alive in this indispensable hands-on resource to life as it was actually lived—with authentic recipes, clothing patterns, songs, dances, and games. The first book on medieval England to arise out of the living history movement, it recreates the daily life of ordinary people, not just the aristocracy, by combining a hands-on approach with the best of current research. The how-to sections are all based on original sources and much of the material is made available here for the first time. The most basic facts of life are systematically covered in a readily accessible format organized for easy reference. Clearly illustrated with over 125 drawings, patterns, and diagrams, plus sheet music, it provides a treasure trove of information for classroom and library use and for those interested in recreating aspects of medieval life.

The work is organized into sections on Chaucer's World (social, religious, and economic aspects of life), The Course of Life (birth, childhood, and adolescence, education, marriage, and old age), The Cycles of Time (which concludes with a calendar of the medieval year describing the festivals and events of each month), The Living Environment (including houses, villages, towns, and travel), Clothing and Accessories (including instruction for making complete medieval male and female outfits and braiding authentic medieval lace), Arms and Armor (which describes medieval armor from the point of view of the wearer), Food and Drink (featuring a selection of recipes), and Entertainments (songs with sheet music and instructions for authentic games and dances of the period). A chronology of medieval England, a glossary, appendixes with information and ideas on organizing a medieval event, and suggestions for further reading complete the work. This is an indispensable resource for classroom and school and public libraries because it gives readers a true understanding of what it would actually be like to live in 14th-century England.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780313293757
Publisher:
ABC-CLIO, Incorporated
Publication date:
10/28/1995
Series:
Greenwood Press Daily Life Through History Series
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
272
Product dimensions:
6.14(w) x 9.21(h) x 0.63(d)
Lexile:
1210L (what's this?)
Age Range:
14 - 17 Years

Table of Contents

Introduction

Historical Background to Chaucer's England

Chaucer's World

The Course of Life

Cycles of Time

The Living Environment

Clothing and Accessories

Arms and Armor

Food and Drink

Entertainments

Glossary

Appendix A: The Medieval Event

Appendix B: Contacts

Appendix C: Suppliers

Notes

Bibliography

Index

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