Paris in the Middle Ages

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Overview

"Parisian women and men always maintained a liberty of style, behavior, and judgment that added a dash of salt to daily life. They laughed and made others laugh; they sang and criticized with a certain daring that was sometimes punished as insolence. All sorts of adventures, worthy of a tale, were possible. The big city let them blossom even in an age that imposed so many restraints."
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"Simone Roux's new history of medieval Paris, beautifully translated by Jo Ann McNamara . . . goes far beyond cold administrative mechanics or economics, and digs down into the attitudes of workaday life. It is this anecdotal material that gives the book its human edge—too often absent from a period lacking in diaries and private letters."—TLS

"One feels the city in constant motion, going from funeral to carnival, wading along streets drenched with the blood of animals flayed by butchers, applauding jongleurs and their monkeys, even watching the legal trials of beasts condemned to death."—Le Nouvel Observateur, in a review of the French edition

"A wonderful and useful book for anyone who wants to know the history of the city from the inside."—H-Net

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780812221480
  • Publisher: University of Pennsylvania Press, Inc.
  • Publication date: 2/1/2011
  • Series: The Middle Ages Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 272
  • Sales rank: 789,138
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.80 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Simone Roux is Professor of History Emerita at University of Paris-X, Nantes. Jo Ann McNamara was Professor of History at Hunter College, City University of New York. She was the author of Sisters in Arms: Catholic Nuns Through Two Millennia.
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Table of Contents

Translator's Introduction
Introduction

PART ONE: PARIS AND ITS INHABITANTS (THIRTEENTH-FIFTEENTH CENTURIES)
Chapter 1: Urban Space: Designers and Occupants
—The Enceinte Defined the City
—Urban Growth to the Thirteenth Century
—Witnesses to These Transformations
—Ordinary Parisians in Urbanization
—Paris, Home of the Free
—The Big City at the End of the Middle Ages: Prosperity and Sorrow.
—Parisians in Their City
Chapter 2: Street Scenes: Marvels and Perils of Parisian Life
—The Flattery of Arts and Letters
—Prosaic Glimpses
—Normative Documents
—The Streets of Paris: Life, Crime and Punishment
—The Streets of Paris: Religious Spaces and Political Spaces
Chapter 3: Parisians
—Provincial Immigrants
—A Self-Sustaining Population
—Strangers Assimilated and Individuals Distinguished
—Tales of Ordinary Life
—Parisians Between Modernity and Tradition

PART TWO: A KALEIDOSCOPE OF HIERARCHIES
Chapter 4: The World of Money: Haves and Have Nots
—The Parisian Great Bourgeoisie
—International Financiers and Royal Financial Agents
—The Simple Bourgeois
—From Comfort to Survival: The Poor and the Impoverished
Chapter 5: The World of Political Power
—Paris, Seat of the King and his Court
—In the King's Service
—And the Nobility?
—Agents of Power: Procurators, Sergeants, Clerks, and Others
Chapter 6: The World of the Church
—Church Grandees in the Capital
—Ecclesiastical Seigneuries
—A Clerical Patchwork Quilt
—Religious Life Set the Beat for Paris Life
—Scholars and Savants
—The World of the Church and the World of Charity

PART THREE: OF WORKS AND DAYS
Chapter 7: In Shop and Workroom: Bringing Home the Bacon
—The House as Work Space and Living Space
—The World of the Artisans
—Apprentices
—Valets or Wage-Earning Journeymen
—Masters, Jurés, and Gardes
—Outside the Crafts: Domestics and Unskilled Labor
—Disturbances in the World of Labor
Chapter 8: Networks of Solidarity: Obligatory Bonds and Chosen Ties
—The Family Group, More Restrained Yet Less Constraining
—Ordinary Parisian Women in the Time of Philip the Fair
—Voluntary Attachments and Supportive Solidarities: Associations and Confraternities
Chapter 9: Lifestyles
—Intimacy: The Individual and the Community
—Lodging from Palace to Cottage
—Enclosed Space and Open Space, Public and Private
—The Nuts and Bolts of Daily Life

Conclusion
Appendix: Parisian Taxpayers in 1297
Notes
Bibliography
Chronology
Glossary
Index

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