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Author: Joseph Gies
ISBN13: 978-0213763794
Title: Life in a Medieval City
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Language: English
Category: Europe
Publisher: Arthur Barker (1969)
Pages: 274

Life in a Medieval City by Joseph Gies

Joseph and Frances Gies examine everything from medicine to women to the church and cathedrals in Medieval Europe, focusing their historical lense on Troyes, which at the time was a prosperous center of commerce in Europe. Not super deep, but VERY interesting with some great nuggets. This boo "Anything written in a book has a certain sacredness, all the established authors are authorities, and all are timeless, from Aesop to Horace. Joseph & Frances Gies. Life in a Medieval City" is an educational nonfiction book. It covered all aspects of city life in the 12th and 13th centuries in Europe. The focus was mainly on what life was like in Troyes, France, but the authors also compared Troyes to various other European cities.

Joseph Gies, Frances Gies. a delightful introduction to the subject. Other readers will always be interested in your opinion of the books you've read. Whether you've loved the book or not, if you give your honest and detailed thoughts then people will find new books that are right for them. 1. Life in a Medieval Village.

Life in a Medieval Castle and Life in a Medieval City, both by Joseph and Frances Gies. Martin, author of the A Song of Ice and Fire series). Fantastic fact-filled book you will want to read over and over. All of the medieval life topics written about by the Gies are excellent, by the way. This book, in particular, is fascinating because you get a clear picture of what life was like in a city. Not a castle, not a village, etc-an actual functioning city. Before all of the conveniences we enjoy and take for granted.

About life and death, midwives and funerals, business, books and authors, and town government. ISBN 13: 9780062016676.

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Life in a Medieval City is the classic account of the year 1250 in the city of Troyes, in modern-day France. Acclaimed historians Frances and Joseph Gies focus on a high point of medieval civilization-before war and the Black Death ravaged Europe-providing a fascinating window into the sophistication of a period we too often dismiss as backward. Urban life in the Middle Ages revolved around the home, often a mixed-use dwelling for burghers with a store or workshop on the ground floor and living quarters upstairs. A developed economy, focusing on textiles, farming, and financial services, could be found in the town center, where craftsmen competed for business while adhering to the guilds' codes of conduct. There were schools for the children, though only boys could attend and the lessons were taught in Latin by a priest. The church was a hub of both religious and civic life; services were lively and filled with song, and baptisms and other special occasions brought neighbors together to celebrate. The weddings of wealthier townsfolk were lavish affairs full of song and dance and drinking that could sometimes last for weeks.
Reviews: 7
I did not receive this book for free.

I paid for it...and truthfully, I didn't pay enough. I'm going to make this clear for all the skeptics...I really
dislike history books since they are boring. For that matter, I dislike documentaries for the same reason...mostly.

This book is fantastic. You will find yourself compelled to keep turning the pages. There is just the right amount of
detail to fill in all the blanks for what life was like back then, but not so much that it became tedious.
If you read this book, you will find ways to bring up the content with friends, because you'll want to talk about it.
Easy reading, and very informative.
I enjoyed this book on medieval living. Having really only a touch on the age in school, then zillions of fantasy books is nice to see a bit of reality tossed on top. Really wish they had freshened the pictures, seemed unfocused, and splitting the maps in two really only works in a bound book. A little tiresome in spots, but easy to read and some fun interesting descriptions. Boo to the publishers for the poor illustrations and a number of glaring misspellings.
Fantastic fact-filled book you will want to read over and over. All of the medieval life topics written about by the Gies are excellent, by the way. This book, in particular, is fascinating because you get a clear picture of what life was like in a city. Not a castle, not a village, etc--an actual functioning city. Before all of the conveniences we enjoy and take for granted.

You will cringe at medieval mistakes and raise an eyebrow or two at medieval innovations. How was waste dealt with? Speaking of waste, what was the political dynamic in a city? How did a city function with fairs, disasters, theaters, funerals, and such going on?

All kinds of interesting questions get their answers in this book. Excellent research and important black and white photographs combine with a skilled writing style to make this a superb resource.

BUY IT. No question, it is worth much more.

Also, check out:
1) Life in a Medieval Castle by the Gies
2) Life in a Medieval Village by the Gies
3) The Knight in History by Frances Gies
4) Daily Life in the Middle Ages by Paul B. Newman
5) The Medieval Fortress by Kaufmann

Especially the last two. They are nearly perfect.
I absolutely love this book, and the other book by the Gies, Life in a Medieval Castle. Really informative, yet easy to read. A good sense of humor which never gets in the way spices the pages wonderfully. A true, well researched account of life, made easy for regular people to digest and enjoy. Divided into sections such as Trades, Home Life, and such, there is an amazing amount of detail. Seriously, go get this even if you're not interested in medieval history; it's a great coffee table/ bathroom/ traveling book. You can pick it up for five minutes, learn something, smile, and go about your day. Or you can sit down and finish the whole thing in one sitting, and still want to read it again. Just buy it
Just the facts, Ma'am approach to historical description. Does flesh out many aspects of mid 13th century urban life, and explains how the various dukes and lords managed to act in concert to protect and encourage commerce. The pervasive nature of religion, the scant availability of education (and the beginnings of re-introduction of mathematics, science, and philosophy by the Muslims after 600 or more years). The authors point to this era as the start of trends that will gain influence and momentum with the 15th century and beyond. Architecture, medicine, agriculture, industry, finance were critical forces in this city of major commercial fairs.
I read the Kindle version of this book and enjoyed it very much. The authors do a great job of making what could be a dry and tedious subject interesting and engaging. Definitely worth your time if you like history. I learned a lot about the 12th century that I did not know, and this book has inspired me to seek out more information on that period.
When I purchased this book, I was hoping it would describe the daily life of a medieval city dweller. Instead, it deals more with the organisations and hierarchies that make up the city, i.e. the Church, manufacturers, guilds, schools. I guess I wanted something more about the individual instead of the system.

35% of the book is appendices, footnotes, etc.
This book was fantastic, and I'd recommend it to anyone else looking for a basic history book about what it was like to live in a typical medieval city. The book walks the fine line of offering enough detail to be informative without overloading the reader with so much information they're forced to reference other texts to understand it. This is not a replacement for an advanced college textbook, but for anyone interested in getting started with medieval history, this is a great place to start.