Daily Life in the Middle Ages

Daily Life in the Middle Ages

by Paul B. Newman
     
 

Although life in the Middle Ages was not as comfortable and safe as it is for most people in industrialized countries today, the term "Dark Ages" is highly misleading. The era was not so primitive and crude as depictions in film and literature would suggest. Even during the worst years of the centuries immediately following the fall of Rome, the legacy of that… See more details below

Overview

Although life in the Middle Ages was not as comfortable and safe as it is for most people in industrialized countries today, the term "Dark Ages" is highly misleading. The era was not so primitive and crude as depictions in film and literature would suggest. Even during the worst years of the centuries immediately following the fall of Rome, the legacy of that civilization survived.
This book covers diet, cooking, housing, building, clothing, hygiene, games and other pastimes, fighting and healing in medieval times. The reader will find numerous misperceptions corrected. The book also includes a comprehensive bibliography and a listing of collections of medieval art and artifacts and related sites across the United States and Canada so that readers in North America can see for themselves some of the matters discussed in the book.

Editorial Reviews

Booknews
Writing for a general audience rather than for academics, historian Newman (his affiliation is not stated) offers a compendium of information on how people of the Middle Ages ate, cooked, built, dressed, cleaned, used their leisure, fought, and practiced medicine. He provides accessibly written essays on various aspects of each of these topics, with emphasis mainly on the late Middle Ages (understandable, given the larger quantity of available information). An appendix lists some museums in the US (and one in Canada) which have medieval collections. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
Booklist
a wealth of material...great detail...excellent
Mediaevistik
"very readable...appealing"

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780786450527
Publisher:
McFarland & Company, Incorporated Publishers
Publication date:
02/15/2001
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Sales rank:
1,044,574
File size:
25 MB
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Meet the Author

A lecturer on medieval history, Paul B. Newman holds degrees from the University of Maryland and George Washington University. He lives in Maryland.

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