A Medieval Family: The Pastons of Fifteenth-Century England

By Frances Gies, Joseph Gies

The Pastons family members of Norfolk, England, has lengthy been identified to medieval students for its huge number of own correspondence, which has survived 5 centuries. Revealing a wealth of data approximately manners, morals, way of life, and attitudes of the overdue heart a long time, the letters additionally inform the tale of 3 generations of the fifteenth-century Paston relatives that treads like a old novel filled with memorable characters: Margaret Paston, the indomitable spouse and mom who fought the family's battles; her husband, John Paston I, difficult, hardheaded, and three times limited to Fleet felony yet by no means yielding to his enemies; daughter Margery, who scandalized friends and family via falling in love with the Paston bailiff, Richard Calle; lighthearted, chivalric Sir John; and joyful, good John III, who opposed to all odds succeeded in marrying for romance.

A Medieval Family strains the Pastons heritage from 1420, in the course of the stormy Wars of the Roses, to the early 1500s. The family's tale, extracted from their letters and papers and advised principally of their personal phrases, indicates a facet of historical past hardly published: the lives and fortunes now not of kings and queens yet of standard middle-class individuals with difficulties, tragedies, and moments of happiness.

Praise for Frances and Joseph Gies

Cathedral, Forge and Waterwheel

"The authors...demonstrate not just their striking well-informed and articulate mastery of technical element but additionally their command of the historiographical matters that proceed to brighten up this box of study."
--Historical

"In their most up-to-date medieval learn, the Gieses discover the parable that the center a long time have been unconcerned with the empirical and exhibit that the Renaissance itself used to be the end result of sluggish development remodeled the former thousand years...A mine of information."
--Kirkus Review

Life in a Medieval Village

What marks {Life in a Medieval Village} is its lucidity and the vividness of its resourceful reconstruction of the past--the aspect of its photos of peasant houses, peasant vitamin, parish politics, and peasant religion."
--New York assessment of Books

"Extremely certain examine takes up in flip nutrition, garments, farm instruments, marriage customized, prayer, games--in brief, all plausible threads within the textile of village life...The uncomplicated and logical association of the material--together with the energetic illustrations taken from manuscript illumination, woodcuts, tapestry--makes Life in a Medieval Village an excellent creation to the heritage of this period."
--Los Angeles Times

Women within the center Ages

"A trustworthy survey of the genuine and sundry roles performed by way of girls within the medieval period...Highly recommended."
--Choice

Life in a Medieval Castle

"Joseph and Frances Gies supply a booklet that is helping set the checklist straight--and retains the romance too...The authors enable medieval guy and girls to talk for themselves via decisions from prior journals, songs, even account books."
--Time

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The Book of the Knight of the Tower: Manners for Young Medieval Women (Studies in Arthurian and Court)

By Rebecca Barnhouse

In 1372 a French knight compiled a booklet of news to educate his 3 daughters the right way to be reliable other halves and solid Christians. the following those stories are retold and interspersed with remark approximately existence within the past due heart Ages--what humans wore, how they prayed, what they was hoping for during this lifestyles and the following. The knight's tales variety from the shockingly bawdy to the deeply pious. They comprise devils and miracles, stylish women and haughty knights, lecherous clergymen and disobedient wives--all instructed to assist the knight's daughters stay away from what he calls blame, disgrace, and defame.

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French Romance of the Later Middle Ages: Gender, Morality, and Desire

By Rosalind Brown-Grant

Whereas French romances of the 12th and 13th centuries have lengthy loved a privileged position within the literary background of France, romances from the later heart a long time were mostly overlooked via glossy students, regardless of their principal position within the chivalric tradition of the day. specifically, even supposing this style has been obvious as supplying a discussion board in which principles approximately masculine and female roles have been debated and prescribed, little paintings has been performed at the gender ideology of texts from the fourteenth and 15th centuries. This research seeks to fill this hole within the scholarship via examining how the perspectives of gender present in previous romances have been reassessed and reshaped within the texts produced within the moralizing highbrow atmosphere of the later medieval interval. to be able to discover those subject matters, this booklet discusses 16 historico-realist prose romances written within the century from 1390, a lot of which have been commissioned on the courtroom of Burgundy. It addresses key concerns in contemporary stories of gender in medieval tradition together with the development of chivalric masculinity, the illustration of adolescent hope, and the social and sexual roles of husbands and better halves. as well as delivering shut readings of those texts, it indicates how the romances of the interval have been trained through rules approximately gender which circulated in modern works corresponding to manuals of chivalry, ethical treatises, and marriage sermons. It hence goals not just to supply the 1st in-depth research of this little-known quarter of French literary historical past, but additionally to question the severe consensus at the function of gender in medieval romance that has arisen from an specific specialise in prior works within the genre.

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Pilgrimage

By Jonathan Sumption

In a desirable paintings of heritage, Jonathan Sumption brings alive the traditions of pilgrimage popular in Europe from the start of Christianity to the tip of the 15th century. Vividly describing such significant locations as Jerusalem, Rome, Santiago de Compostela and Canterbury, he examines either significant figures - popes, kings, queens, students, villains - and the typical humans in their day. With nice sympathy he inspires their achievements and screw ups, and addresses the query of what encouraged such amazing quests.

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Records of the Medieval Sword

40 years of extensive examine into the specialized topic of the directly two-edged knightly sword of the eu center a while are contained during this vintage examine. Spanning the interval from the good migrations to the Renaissance, Ewart Oakeshott emphasises the unique objective of the sword as an intensely intimate accent of serious importance and mystique. There are over four hundred pictures and drawings, every one totally annotated and defined intimately, supported by way of a protracted introductory bankruptcy with diagrams of the typological framework first provided within the Archaeology of guns and extra elaborated within the Sword within the Age of Chivalry. There are appendices on inlaid blade inscriptions, clinical courting, the swordsmith's paintings, and a sword of Edward III. Reprinted as a part of Boydell's background of the Sword sequence.

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Medieval Swordsmanship: Illustrated Methods And Techniques

By John Clements

From the writer of Renaissance Swordsmanship comes the main complete and traditionally exact view ever of the misplaced battling arts of Medieval knights, warriors and men-at-arms. in response to years of in depth education and learn within the use of eu swords, it comprises powerful struggling with options for the sword, sword & protect, long-sword, great-sword, pole-arm and extra. And with greater than 2 hundred illustrations and infrequent historic records, it's a scholarly reference in addition to a hands-on education advisor for martial artists of all degrees.

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The Birth of the West: Rome, Germany, France, and the Creation of Europe in the Tenth Century

By Paul Collins

The 10th century dawned in violence and illness. Charlemagne’s empire used to be in ruins, such a lot of Spain have been claimed by means of Moorish invaders, or even the papacy in Rome used to be embroiled in petty, provincial conflicts. To many historians, it was once a chief instance of the lack of expertise and uncertainty of the darkish a long time. but in response to historian Paul Collins, the tale of the 10th century is the tale of our culture’s delivery, of the emergence of our civilization into the sunshine of day.

The beginning of the West tells the tale of a change from chaos to reserve, exploring the alien panorama of Europe in transition. it's a fascinating
narrative that completely renovates older conceptions of feudalism and what medieval lifestyles used to be truly like. the result's a unconditionally new imaginative and prescient of ways civilization sprang from the unlikeliest of origins, and evidence that our tenth-century ancestors aren't as distant as we'd think.

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Renaissance France at War: Armies, Culture and Society, c.1480-1560 (Warfare in History)

By David Potter

The 'other' Renaissance skilled via France used to be that of struggle. In Italy from 1494 to 1529, for example, France used to be occupied with at the least 100 battles, a few of them 'batttles of giants' like Marignano. After 1530, although the emphasis in part shifted clear of Italy and significant battles have been changed by way of complicated sieges and wars of maneuver, the presence of struggle used to be common. within the 'Habsburg Valois' wars that begun in 1521, the rustic used to be subjected to significant army incursions yet endured to make striking makes an attempt to occupy contiguous territory within the Pyrenees, the Alps and the north-east. Explaining such prodigious army efforts is the subject matter of this booklet. Why did the rulers of France connect rather a lot value to conflict and did the improvement of French armies during this interval give a contribution to an important modernization of the country's army strength? the writer makes an attempt to respond to those an important questions, via an exploration of the tactic of the country's rulers within the mild of latest writings, research of the character of the country's excessive command, and a learn of the foremost elements of the king's armies. He argues that France used to be a society geared to struggle, persuaded through a worldly community of published communications; the reception of the triumphalist view of conflict favourite via the rulers is mentioned through an research of public opinion, as printed within the literary, creative and musical worlds. He additionally exhibits how the strengthening of the frontiers with new fortifications emerged as a tremendous level within the edition of France to age of artillery.

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The History of England Volume 1: Foundation

By Peter Ackroyd

Having written enchanting biographies of London and of its nice river, the Thames, Peter Ackroyd now turns to England itself. this primary quantity of six takes us from the time that England was once first settled, greater than 15,000 years in the past, to the loss of life in 1509 of the 1st Tudor monarch, Henry VII. In it, Ackroyd takes us from Neolithic England, which we will be able to simply see within the such a lot tantalising glimpses -- a stirrup present in a grave, a few seeds on the backside of a bowl -- to the lengthy interval of Roman rule; from the darkish a long time while England was once invaded by means of a ceaseless tide of Angles, Saxons and Jutes, to the dual glories of medieval England -- its nice church buildings and monasteries and its universal legislations. along with his impressive ability for evoking time and position, he tells the universal tale of king succeeding king in wealthy prose, with profound perception and a few staggering information. The nutrients we ate, the garments we wore, the punishments we continued, even the jokes we informed are all chanced on right here, too.

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European Warfare, 1350-1750

By Frank Tallett, D. J. B. Trim

The interval 1350-1750 observed significant advancements in eu battle, which not just had a big impact at the means wars have been fought, but in addition are severe to long-standing controversies approximately kingdom improvement, the worldwide ascendancy of the West, and the character of 'military revolutions' earlier and current. although, the army background of this era is generally written from both medieval or early-modern, and both Western or jap eu, views. those chronological and geographical limits have produced significant confusion approximately how the behavior of battle replaced. The essays during this ebook offer a accomplished review of land and sea war throughout Europe all through this era of momentous political, spiritual, technological, highbrow and army switch. Written via prime specialists of their fields, they not just summarise current scholarship, but additionally current new findings and new rules, casting new gentle at the paintings of battle, the increase of the kingdom, and eu enlargement.

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