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.
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About 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.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
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!
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.