Life in a Medieval City

LifeMedievaCitySuggested by Brad Nelson • A detailed book on the everyday routine in and around the 11th century in the city of Troyes in France. It touches on all aspects of Medieval life: commerce, religion, food, home life, education, weddings, childbirth, military defense, doctors, funerals, etc.
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  1. Brad Nelson Brad Nelson says:

    At 288 pages and broken down into digestible pieces, this was a nice book to have in my reading rotation. It was easy to take up and put down while I read (and wrote) other things. And at $4.00 for the Kindle, it’s a bargain.

    It’s a medium-detailed account of various facets of life in and around the Medieval city of Troyes (of Troy once fame), France. It seems a fair-handed treatment. Certainly, and refreshingly, this author has not taken a perfectionistic, arrogant, dismissive Marxist/Progressive type of attitude toward the past. The author notes the hardships but also notes that at this time in Europe things were also getting pretty good for a lot of people.

    As one Amazon reviewer stated, “This is not a work for romantics, it is a serious, fairly in-depth examination of the social and occupational structure of this era in European history.”

    It one were writing a historical novel set in the period, a book such as this would be valuable for the tons of nuts-and-bolts information about so many aspects of Medieval life. For those with a general curiosity of history (like mine) but who have no desire to get a masters degree in the subject, this is precisely the kind of book that gives you good information quickly and in an entertaining form. I can heartily recommend this for those looking to round out their history studies.

    • Timothy Lane says:

      One can also make use of such works as Tuchman’s A Distant Mirror (which you already included here previously) as well as the time traveler’s guide to 14th century England that I’ve mentioned here before. I will also note that there are already many historical novels set in this period by writers who pay close attention to the realities. I can especially recommend the mysteries (set in Cornwall and Devon mostly) of Michael Jecks.

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