Life in a Medieval Village

Life in a Medieval Village

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by Frances Gies, Joseph Gies
     
 

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The reissue of Joseph and Frances Gies’s classic bestseller on life in medieval villages.

This new reissue of Life in a Medieval Village, by respected historians Joseph and Frances Gies, paints a lively, convincing portrait of rural people at work and at play in the Middle Ages. Focusing on the village of Elton, in the English East Midlands,

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The reissue of Joseph and Frances Gies’s classic bestseller on life in medieval villages.

This new reissue of Life in a Medieval Village, by respected historians Joseph and Frances Gies, paints a lively, convincing portrait of rural people at work and at play in the Middle Ages. Focusing on the village of Elton, in the English East Midlands, the Gieses detail the agricultural advances that made communal living possible, explain what domestic life was like for serf and lord alike, and describe the central role of the church in maintaining social harmony. Though the main focus is on Elton, c. 1300, the Gieses supply enlightening historical context on the origin, development, and decline of the European village, itself an invention of the Middle Ages.

Meticulously researched, Life in a Medieval Village is a remarkable account that illustrates the captivating world of the Middle Ages and demonstrates what it was like to live during a fascinating—and often misunderstood—era.

Editorial Reviews

Los Angeles Times
A good general introduction to the history of this period.
Booknews
The latest in the authors' many descriptions of the various states of medieval life. Draws on archaeology and contemporary documents to portray the rural peasant, focusing on the village of Elton, in the English East Midlands, about 1300. Suitable for high school and college undergraduate students. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780062016683
Publisher:
HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date:
09/07/2010
Sold by:
HARPERCOLLINS
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
272
Sales rank:
296,713
File size:
4 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 Village 3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The book is a little hard to understand @ somepoints but after it gets a bit easier. I have learned alot about the Middle Ages through this book!
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Guest More than 1 year ago
I found this book to be a good source of information. However I felt some of the extra details thrown in to be randomly placed through out the book as well as sometimes unnecessary. The book however does give a very realistic view of what life would have been like in a medieval village.