Post-classical history

Life in a Medieval City (Medieval Life)

Life in a Medieval City (Medieval Life)

From acclaimed historians Frances and Joseph Gies comes the reissue of their classic book on day-to-day life in medieval cities, which was a source for George R.R. Martin’s Game of Thrones series.

Evoking every aspect of city life in the Middle Ages, Life in a Medieval City depicts in detail what it was like to live in a prosperous city of Northwest Europe in the twelfth and thirteenth centuries. The year is 1250 CE and the city is Troyes, capital of the county of Champagne and site of two of the cycle Champagne Fairs—the “Hot Fair” in August and the “Cold Fair” in December. European civilization has emerged from the Dark Ages and is in the midst of a commercial revolution. Merchants and money men from all over Europe gather at Troyes to buy, sell, borrow, and lend, creating a bustling market center typical of the feudal era. As the Gieses take us through the day-to-day life of burghers, we learn the customs and habits of lords and serfs, how financial transactions were conducted, how medieval cities were governed, and what life was really like for a wide range of people.

For serious students of the medieval era and anyone wishing to learn more about this fascinating period, Life in a Medieval City remains a timeless work of popular medieval scholarship.


Chapter 1. Troyes: 1250

Chapter 2. A Burgher’s Home

Chapter 3. A Medieval Housewife

Chapter 4. Childbirth and Children

Chapter 5. Weddings and Funerals

Chapter 6. Small Business

Chapter 7. Big Business

Chapter 8. The Doctor

Chapter 9. The Church

Chapter 10. The Cathedral

Chapter 11. School and Scholars

Chapter 12. Books and Authors

Chapter 13. The New Theater

Chapter 14. Disasters

Chapter 15. Town Government

Chapter 16. The Champagne Fair

After 1250

Genealogy of the Counts of Champagne