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Life in a Medieval Castle
     

Life in a Medieval Castle

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by Joseph Gies
 

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From acclaimed historians Frances and Joseph Gies comes the reissue of this definitive classic on medieval castles, which was a source for George R.R. Martin’s Game of Thrones series.

“Castles are crumbly and romantic. They still hint at an age more colorful and gallant than our own, but are often debunked by boring people who like to run

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From acclaimed historians Frances and Joseph Gies comes the reissue of this definitive classic on medieval castles, which was a source for George R.R. Martin’s Game of Thrones series.

“Castles are crumbly and romantic. They still hint at an age more colorful and gallant than our own, but are often debunked by boring people who like to run on about drafts and grumble that the latrines did not work. Joseph and Frances Gies offer a book that helps set the record straight—and keeps the romance too.”—Time

A widely respected academic work and a source for George R.R. Martin’s Game of Thrones, Joseph and Frances Gies’s bestselling Life in a Medieval Castle remains a timeless work of popular medieval scholarship.

Focusing on Chepstow, an English castle that survived the turbulent Middle Ages with a relative lack of violence, the book offers an exquisite portrait of what day-to-day life was actually like during the era, and of the key role the castle played. The Gieses take us through the full cycle of a medieval year, dictated by the rhythms of the harvest. We learn what lords and serfs alike would have worn, eaten, and done for leisure, and of the outside threats the castle always hoped to keep at bay.

For medieval buffs and anyone who wants to learn more about this fascinating era, Life in a Medieval Castle is as timely today as when it was first published.

Editorial Reviews

Time
The authors allow medieval man and woman to speak for themselves through selections from past journals, songs, even account books.
George R.R. Martin
“Some particular books I found useful for A Game of Thrones and its sequels deserve mention. ... Life in a Medieval Castle and Life in a Medieval City, both by Joseph and Frances Gies.”
George R. R. Martin
“Some particular books I found useful for A Game of Thrones and its sequels deserve mention. ... Life in a Medieval Castle and Life in a Medieval City, both by Joseph and Frances Gies.”

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780062016508
Publisher:
HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date:
08/03/2010
Sold by:
HARPERCOLLINS
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
288
Sales rank:
204,015
Lexile:
1380L (what's this?)
File size:
5 MB

Meet the Author

Frances (1915–2013) and Joseph (1916–2006) Gies were the world’s bestselling historians of medieval Europe. Together and separately, they wrote more than twenty books, which col-lectively have sold more than a million copies. They lived in Michigan.

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Life in a Medieval Castle 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 16 reviews.
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Queen melinda rules the kingdom...her kind son prince zantor is set to marry the greedy princess alaina...her father King Gurrilam is planning to kill the prince and rule the kindgom. Silvia is a very beautiful servant in the castle the stable hand Robert loves silvia desperately. Conn, Carazoul and Hesta are all great sorccerers. There are the knights...Lancelot gwaine percival leon and alian. The ladies of the court are Gwendolyn, ellenor, isabella,
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I'll be her, to expand upon her: ellenor has long (mid-back) wavy length blonde hair (think eowyn from lotr), extremely fair skin, large clear green eyes and a small and slender frame.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I want to be silvia the beautiful peasant.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Princess. I have a great personality along with gray eyes long blonde hair and tannish skin....l am very flexable and caring. I will come on every night and watch out for everybody. Write to Skyler.....
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
My chambers is @ res twelve but this may change.
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Something is wrong
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Im awesom with a bow! Cani be in the rp?
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I see that princess aliana is taken but her rper hasent reponded in two days
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
He can rp silvia i dont want to anymore
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You can be te princess....but she is wvil and is plotting against the prince......we really need an rp for her though