Daily Life in Chaucer's England

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Overview

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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Editorial Reviews

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"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."

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780313293757
  • Publisher: Greenwood Publishing Group, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 10/28/1995
  • Series: Greenwood Press Daily Life Through History Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 272
  • Sales rank: 1,094,020
  • Age range: 14 - 17 Years
  • Lexile: 1210L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 6.38 (w) x 9.24 (h) x 0.95 (d)

Meet the Author

Dr. JEFFREY L. FORGENG is Paul S. Morgan Curator at the Higgins Armory Museum in Worcester, Massachusetts, and Adjunct Associate Professor of Humanities at Worcester Polytechnic Institute. He has published extensively on topics including daily life in the Middle Ages and Renaissance, the Robin Hood legend, and the history of games, as well as medieval and Renaissance martial arts. Forgeng did his doctorate in Medieval Studies at the University of Toronto specializing in medieval and Renaissance languages and cultural history, and was for many years an editor for the Middle English Dictionary.

WILL MCLEAN is an author, illustrator and independent scholar who has been active in medieval recreation and living history since 1975. He runs and takes part in recreations of medieval tournaments and other deeds of arms. He has published work on medieval deeds of arms, combat, physical culture and society.

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgements

Preface to the Second Edition

Introduction

Chronology

1. Historical Background to Chaucers England

2. Society

3. Households and the Course of Life

4. Cycles of Time

5. Material Culture

6. Clothing and Accessories

7. Arms and Armor

8. Food and Drink

9. Entertainments

10. Chaucers World

Glossary

Appendix: The Medieval Event

A Guide to Digitally Accessible Resources

Classified Bibliographies

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