Life in a Medieval City

Life in a Medieval City

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by Frances Gies
     
 

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Medieval history comes alive in Frances and Joseph Gies’s Life in a Medieval City, used as a research resource by George R. R. Martin in creating the world of A Game of Thrones.

Reissued for the first time in decades, Life in a Medieval City is the classic account of the year 1250 in the city of Troyes, in modern-day France. Acclaimed historians Frances and

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Medieval history comes alive in Frances and Joseph Gies’s Life in a Medieval City, used as a research resource by George R. R. Martin in creating the world of A Game of Thrones.

Reissued for the first time in decades, Life in a Medieval City is the classic account of the year 1250 in the city of Troyes, in modern-day France. Acclaimed historians Frances and Joseph Gies focus on a high point of medieval civilization—before war and the Black Death ravaged Europe—providing a fascinating window into the sophistication of a period we too often dismiss as backward.

Urban life in the Middle Ages revolved around the home, often a mixed-use dwelling for burghers with a store or workshop on the ground floor and living quarters upstairs. A developed economy, focusing on textiles, farming, and financial services, could be found in the town center, where craftsmen competed for business while adhering to the guilds’ codes of conduct. There were schools for the children, though only boys could attend and the lessons were taught in Latin by a priest. The church was a hub of both religious and civic life; services were lively and filled with song, and baptisms and other special occasions brought neighbors together to celebrate. The weddings of wealthier townsfolk were lavish affairs full of song and dance and drinking that could sometimes last for weeks.

“An excellently written account of what is known of the life of medieval burghers.”—Library Journal

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George R.R. Martin
“Some particular books I found useful for a 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:
9780060908805
Publisher:
HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date:
09/28/1981
Series:
Harper Perennial
Pages:
288
Product dimensions:
5.31(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.64(d)

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.

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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Guest More than 1 year ago
Life In A Medeival City was a very interesting and informative read. However, the authors seemed to spend too much time and too much detail on certain small and insignificant things. When they weren't doing this, though, the book gave a very in-depth look at the day-to-day life of Troyes, and the way they described it made me want to keep reading. It was filed with vivid descriptions of many different aspects. It wasn't a boring book, and I enjoyed it.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Pretty good read- also easy to read. I am fortunate to own several of Giles works. All are excellent. Too many times when we think of 'medieval times' we think of knights in shining armor or beautiful ladies. Giles's book talks about the workers and common people. The jobs, the city, the law system. The local church. The sanitation. The trading fairs. Certainly a well done piece of work.
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Where shepherds herd their sheep to graze in the grass.