Post-classical history

A Brief History of Life in the Middle Ages

A Brief History of Life in the Middle Ages

Martyn Whittock shines a light on the past, as he brings the Middle Ages vividly to life and allows readers to glimpse eleventh-century rural society. Topics include Roger “the Raker” who drowned in his own sewage, a “merman” imprisoned in Orford Castle, the sufferings of the Jews of Bristol, and more. Each reveals the extraordinary diversity of medieval society. Through these characters and events—and using the latest discoveries and research—the dynamic and engaging panorama of medieval England is revealed.

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INTRODUCTION

Chapter 1. THE CHARACTER OF LATE ANGLO-SAXON SOCIETY

Chapter 2. THE CHANGING COUNTRYSIDE

Chapter 3. THE GROWTH AND DECLINE OF TOWNS

Chapter 4. CHANGING EXPRESSIONS OF CHRISTIAN BELIEF

Chapter 5. POPULATION, DIET AND HEALTH

Chapter 6. WOMEN AND THE FAMILY

Chapter 7. LAW AND ORDER

Chapter 8. LANGUAGE, CULTURE AND ENTERTAINMENT

Chapter 9. LIVING ON THE EDGE: ALIENS AND OUTCASTS

Chapter 10. SIGNS AND MARVELS: THE MEDIEVAL COSMIC ORDER

Chapter 11. THE CYCLE OF THE YEAR

Chapter 12. THE SHAPE OF ENGLISH SOCIETY BY 1553

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