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Life in Medieval Times An age of chivalry color and faith from which the modern world still draws inspiration or centuries of violence sualor and superstition best forgotten Marjorie Rowling refreshingly avoids any such extreme judgments so often passed on the Middle Ages Instead she looks closely at some of the people who lived and worked in that fascinating era of European history These men and women are drawn from all classes and occupations The serf and his family stealing a day off work to go to the fair are as vividly described as the lord and his lady in their newly built keep of stone Beside the feudal lords and their vassals are set the burgher and traders of the towns while their womenfolk mind their homes perhaps awaiting the return of a husband on pilgrimage or Crusade Finally in addition to the numerous monks and friars and the great scholars church builders and artists whose works are still admired the largely forgotten doctors scientists and technologists receive their due In each case we learn of their work and their homes of their hopes and their fears The many direct uotations skillfully woven into the text and the book's plentiful illustrations all drawn from contemporary sources reflect the full vigor and variety of everyday life in medieval Europe which the author so successfully evokes The book Medieval Times by Marjorie Rowling published by Jarrold and Sons in 1968 in New York is written about everyday life throughout the Middle Ages This book was very factual but the author gave facts in a dull way I struggled to stay focused as I read This book is a good source if you’re looking for facts but if you are looking to read non fiction for fun I do not recommend it There were a number of things I disliked about the book One thing I disliked about this book is that the author did not write in chronological order She would randomly jump from century to century One example of this is stated in chapter 7 “In 1433 In 1228 we are told” Rowling 146 148 Rowling jumps back two centuries just in between two pages Also I might have enjoyed the book if it had pictures The pictures that were in the book were all black and white Another thing I disliked is how the author doesn’t try to hook your attention with a fun fact Even though the book has a large number of facts there are still things I disliked about the book Overall I would give Medieval Times a two out of five I would give it a two and not a one because of how many facts there are The book would have been less tedious and easy to follow along with if it was in chronological order and if there were pictures This book was boring and should only be read if you’re very interested in the topic or you are researching the topic This book Everyday Life in Medieval Times by Marjorie Rowling is a useful book if you are looking to seek knowledge on the Medieval era She has also written other books such as “Everyday Life of Medieval Travelers” and “The Folklore of the Lake District” Everyday Life in Medieval Times was published November 20 1973 by TarcherPerigee My honest opinion is that this book is decent and I say decent because I feel like there could be in depth information about certain topics in the book I do still think it is helpful so with that being said if I had to rate this I would give it a 4 out of 5 starsSo first off I like the organization of how the book is set up with each chapter focusing on a specific aspect of medieval life Such as Scientists and Technologists Towns and Tradesmen Monks and Friars Pilgrims and Crusaders Charlemagne and Society plus many other topics I also like how she ties in information about the French Middle Ages and if you don’t know a whole lot about it then this will help you with that as well If you were to do a research paper over Medieval Times I wouldn’t recommend using this book because it only gives very broad information and not very detailed informationGoing back to not using this for a research paper there is one fact that I found was a little off but if you aren’t necessarily looking into that topic then it doesn’t really matter Charlemagne didn’t warn the tenants “running about to markets and fairs”; he only said to not spend too much time at markets He never mentioned anything about fairs when stating this Again very broad information and I feel that this book is written as if you already know some background information about Medieval Times and what society was like and the different classes withinThe main points I liked about this book is the organization of how the chapters are set up and also some of the information given and how she was able to tie some of the French Middle Ages into this Although these are positives there were a few negatives to this book too I would recommend this book if you want to get a broad overview of living in Medieval Times and you enjoy this topic I wouldn’t recommend checking this book out if you are looking for good detailed information to use for a research paper this is a good place to start and not a dependable work A good survey work and readable enough It also references some promising sources though without footnotes which leaves the serious researcher with some digging to do In general it's a starting point not by any means a dependable workThe errors are what most would consider small ones but enough to put off anyone who needs a substantial reference Charlemagne did not warn about his tenants running about to markets and fairs; he simply said they should not spend too much time at markets not a word about fairs; he did NOT implement the denier denarius but revalued it Etc If this kind of detail makes no difference to you it is very likely you will enjoy the book and learn a great deal from it in a very general way moving from one broad subject to the next And if you know nothing about the French Middle Ages it's certainly a useful and readable introduction It's a good intro to a variety of topicsthe author focuses on these subjects1 Charlemagne and Society2 Lords and Vassals3 Townsmen and Traders4 Women and Wives5 Pilgrims and Crusaders6 Monks and Friars7 Schools and Scholars8 Church Builders and Artists9 Doctors and Patients10 Scientists and TechnologistsI was a little annoyed that the references for uotes weren't clearly indicated And all the illustrations were numbered but only occasionally referred to and then they were referenced out of order so it was a little weird But it did help me find a few topics I'd like to focus on so three stars It was fine Nothing really stood out to me as new information but some of the little anecdotes were interesting I can see why this book didn't get any ratings or reviews It is dry as toast It is informative but very textbook I think the information could be presented in a less humdrum way I am just glad it was short This book has everything you want to know about medieval times It is broken down into ten chapters of nobility monks and friars knights and peasants and they had a section for women and wives Women were treated as second class citizens and husbands had the right to punish them as they chose Also very few people actually owned their land They had to pay homage to their lord I feel that this book delivered just what I wanted from its title a good overview on the cross section of Medieval societies in Europe for a novice like myself Would be accessible I think to younger readers 9th graders and up Might not be a work of great synthesis and it might not reflect current approaches to the subject published in 1968 but I was consistently entertained Even the sort of random illustrations and artwork was worthwhile This is a great overview or general history of the Medieval era It doesn't delve very deeply into any particular subject nor does it promote a novel interpretation or highlight controversies etc That's not to say that it's bland or text book y It makes for a good educational read Each chapter looks at a particular aspect of medieval life Ex Towns and Tradesmen Monks and Friars Scientists and Technologists etc This book was exactly as the title statesIt starts with Charlemagne and his effect on society improvements Then moves on to cover most aspects of daily life lords vassals townsmen traders women wives pilgrims crusaders monks friars schools scholars church builders artists doctors patients scientists technologists I found the book interesting and easy to read

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