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Medieval Underworld
     

Medieval Underworld

by Andrew McCall
 

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In writing this compelling book, Andrew McCall has had to pose two questions, both of which have no definitive answers. When were the Middle Ages? And what constituted an underworld? It could be claimed, for instance, that the Middle Ages did not begin properly until the tenth or even the eleventh century, or indeed that they did not end, in England, until the

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In writing this compelling book, Andrew McCall has had to pose two questions, both of which have no definitive answers. When were the Middle Ages? And what constituted an underworld? It could be claimed, for instance, that the Middle Ages did not begin properly until the tenth or even the eleventh century, or indeed that they did not end, in England, until the sixteenth century. The underworld, in his view, comprised all those people who were either unwilling or unable to comply with the law of the Church.

The Medieval Underworldconsiders such sections of society as outlaws and brigands; homosexuals; heretics; witches; prostitutes; thieves; fraudulent beggars and vagabonds, both their activities and the punishments, often barbarously savage, which were meted out upon them by State and Church. But Mr. McCall has, essentially, conjured up the atmosphere of a way of life which is both extraordinarily modern and yet totally of its period.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780880297141
Publisher:
Sterling Publishing
Publication date:
12/01/1991
Pages:
319
Product dimensions:
6.30(w) x 9.24(h) x 1.17(d)

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