Chaucer’s People : Everyday Lives in Medieval England
by Liza Picard
Editor: Orion Publishing Co
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A holiday in the complex, joyful, indelicate medieval world John Higgs, author of Watling Street’ Weaves an infinite number of small details in a striking detail of the tapestry of life in the xive century England” Paul Strohm, SpectatorThe Middle Ages, a troubled eraIn the xive century, England was ravaged by war, plague, rebellion and the overthrow of a king.Among the survivors of the files, Geoffrey Chaucer’s poetry is the most vivid.But what does one learn about the daily life of men and women in medieval times?What was eaten, what did we eat, what did we wear, what did we read and think?Thanks to the cast iron assortment of Chaucer pilgrims selected for Les Contes de Canterbury, Liza Picard brings medieval to the social history of life.These are led lives beyond the courtyard of circles frequented by more than Chaucer’s wealthy public – lives devoted to the pedal of a loom or in unknown waters on the high seas.Chaucer would sometimes raise a reflection request, apparently a simple portraitThe Prioress was a sweet, pretty, well-behaved young nun; what she did on the road to Canterbury with a mixed band of men, instead of staying in her convent to pray.The Knight was ” a very perfect sweet knight; but why had his military service earned him in such remote places as Lithuania and Spain.By providing these characters in three dimensions on the frame of the time in which they lived – Picard opens the xive century the world to us.Drawing on contemporary experiences of a wide range of topics, including trade, religion, resort curling toe and hairdressing recipes, Chaucer People recreates the medieval world in all its interesting details
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