Life in a Medieval City

Life in a Medieval City

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by Frances Gies, Joseph Gies
     
 

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From acclaimed historians Frances and Joseph Gies comes the reissue of their classic book on day-to-day life in medieval cities, which was a source for George R.R. Martin’s Game of Thrones series.

Evoking every aspect of city life in the Middle Ages, Life in a Medieval City depicts in detail what it was like to live in a prosperous

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From acclaimed historians Frances and Joseph Gies comes the reissue of their classic book on day-to-day life in medieval cities, which was a source for George R.R. Martin’s Game of Thrones series.

Evoking every aspect of city life in the Middle Ages, Life in a Medieval City depicts in detail what it was like to live in a prosperous city of Northwest Europe in the twelfth and thirteenth centuries. The year is 1250 CE and the city is Troyes, capital of the county of Champagne and site of two of the cycle Champagne Fairs—the “Hot Fair” in August and the “Cold Fair” in December. European civilization has emerged from the Dark Ages and is in the midst of a commercial revolution. Merchants and money men from all over Europe gather at Troyes to buy, sell, borrow, and lend, creating a bustling market center typical of the feudal era. As the Gieses take us through the day-to-day life of burghers, we learn the customs and habits of lords and serfs, how financial transactions were conducted, how medieval cities were governed, and what life was really like for a wide range of people.

For serious students of the medieval era and anyone wishing to learn more about this fascinating period, Life in a Medieval City remains a timeless work of popular medieval scholarship.

Editorial Reviews

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:
9780062016676
Publisher:
HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date:
08/03/2010
Series:
Medieval Life , #1
Sold by:
HARPERCOLLINS
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
304
Sales rank:
198,073
File size:
3 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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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.