Life in a Medieval City

Life in a Medieval City

Life in a Medieval City evokes every aspect of city life in the Middle Ages by depicting in detail what it was like to live in a prosperous city of Northwest Europe in the twelfth and thirteenth centuries. The time is A.D. 1250 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 Life in a Medieval City evokes every aspect of city life in the Middle Ages by depicting in detail what it was li...

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Author:Joseph Gies
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Life in a Medieval City Reviews

  • Debbie
    Jun 01, 2010

    "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 A nice survey of Troyes in 1250 AD. Joseph and Frances Gies examine everything from medicine to women to ...

    Understandably a classic of social history. I enjoyed learning that in 13th century Europe pepper was was so expensive (though not the most expensive of spices available, those were saffron and cinnamon) that pepper sellers would sell individual peppercorns to housewives. Enjoyable soc...

    Life in a medieval city describes the lifeways and material culture and laws of the city of Troyes in the high middle ages. I can imagine for people above a certain social station life might be tolerable that seems always the case. Gives a look at the texture of life in the times. ...

    "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. The content...

  • Jason Koivu
    Dec 05, 2008

    "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 A nice survey of Troyes in 1250 AD. Joseph and Frances Gies examine everything from medicine to women to ...

    Understandably a classic of social history. I enjoyed learning that in 13th century Europe pepper was was so expensive (though not the most expensive of spices available, those were saffron and cinnamon) that pepper sellers would sell individual peppercorns to housewives. Enjoyable soc...

    Life in a medieval city describes the lifeways and material culture and laws of the city of Troyes in the high middle ages. I can imagine for people above a certain social station life might be tolerable that seems always the case. Gives a look at the texture of life in the times. ...

    "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. The content...

    This is another outstanding addition to a captivating series for any history buff or beginner historian. Taking the reader through a 'typical' medieval city, in this case Troyes in 1250, the Gies' introduce us to all aspects of everyday life throughout the year - from schools and schol...

    This book is a delight! Despite a contemporaneous blurb on the cover by George R.R. Martin, LIFE IN A MEDIEVAL CITY, along with its cousins LIFE IN A MEDIEVAL CASTLE and LIFE IN A MEDIEVAL VILLAGE, all by the husband-and-wife team Frances and Joseph Gies, has been delighting college st...

    The modern mind is very susceptible to viewing the past as wholly different, and worse, from the present. We have all absorbed narratives of supposed progress that rely on painting the past in the grimmest light possible. But the daily lives of most people were not that different, and ...

    I came across this in our basement, it was from one of Stephanie's classes at Alma College. Fairly interesting and quick read. I liked how it was organized by topic: A Medieval Housewife, Small Business, The Doctor, and Disasters to name a few. Most interesting to me were A Burgher's H...

    I don't understand how this book doesn't have an overall rating of at least 4 stars. Having a general obsession with Eleanor of Aquitaine, I am pretty aware of what life was like for the royals, but I can't say I knew what life was like for the average city dweller. This book allowed m...

    Here are some fun medieval superstitions: For a good harvest, sprinkle the ashes of a redhead on your fields. Cremated gingers practically guarantee a bumper crop. And the next time you see a condemned criminal being marched to the gallows, try to touch him. It?s good luck! Th...

    It took me three starts over many years, but I finally got around to finishing this book. It's very informative, and great for people just starting out with the Middle Ages. The main theme running throughout the novel was the fairs. However, I'd say this wasn't a strong enough narrativ...

    A classic of social history, Life in Medieval City uses Troyes in 1250 to explore the ordinary life of the small yet prosperous bourgeois. This is an age of relative stability and wealth. The Catholic Church is the undoubted supreme power in Christendom. A system of interlocking guilds...

    Highly informative! I enjoyed this one :) Just wish it hadn't taken me so long, lol ...

    This was a Christmas gift from my son George. Expectations were guided by the one pound Sterling he paid for it at the school fair. Boy, was I in for a surprise! For a week of my life, this little gem of a book transported me to life in year 1250 at the city of Troyes in Champagn...

    Medieval history is mostly about kings, barons, bishops, friars and popes. Occasionally there is a mention of the peasants, but there is very little in traditional histories about the medieval city. I consider it a pity because in my opinion medieval city is what really distinguishes E...

    Using Troyes, a 13th century French town boasting two annual fairs, numerous aspects of medieval life across the classes are discussed highlighting the advances that separate "current" Troyes from the Dark Ages: the burgeoning of business and all of the legal and monetary advances this...

    This book was recommended by my Western Civ professor. I found the reading rather tedious at times and would recommend skipping the introduction entirely as it is just a fact dump that has no context to keep up with. Each chapter was organized as a focus on a certain topic, the cathedr...

    There are a lot of interesting details about life in the middle ages in this book. Some chapters were more interesting than others, but I believe that's because I was in search of more of the daily lifestyle of the time, rather than the information about its institutions. Still I made ...

    This series of medieval life books by Gies gives a solid overview of the various day-to-day happenings during the period as well as the pulse points of historically pivotal moments as they affected the Europeans of the time. It's perhaps not riveting reading for anyone other than histo...

  • C. McKenzie
    Mar 07, 2017

    "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 A nice survey of Troyes in 1250 AD. Joseph and Frances Gies examine everything from medicine to women to ...

    Understandably a classic of social history. I enjoyed learning that in 13th century Europe pepper was was so expensive (though not the most expensive of spices available, those were saffron and cinnamon) that pepper sellers would sell individual peppercorns to housewives. Enjoyable soc...

    Life in a medieval city describes the lifeways and material culture and laws of the city of Troyes in the high middle ages. I can imagine for people above a certain social station life might be tolerable that seems always the case. Gives a look at the texture of life in the times. ...

    "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. The content...

    This is another outstanding addition to a captivating series for any history buff or beginner historian. Taking the reader through a 'typical' medieval city, in this case Troyes in 1250, the Gies' introduce us to all aspects of everyday life throughout the year - from schools and schol...

    This book is a delight! Despite a contemporaneous blurb on the cover by George R.R. Martin, LIFE IN A MEDIEVAL CITY, along with its cousins LIFE IN A MEDIEVAL CASTLE and LIFE IN A MEDIEVAL VILLAGE, all by the husband-and-wife team Frances and Joseph Gies, has been delighting college st...

    The modern mind is very susceptible to viewing the past as wholly different, and worse, from the present. We have all absorbed narratives of supposed progress that rely on painting the past in the grimmest light possible. But the daily lives of most people were not that different, and ...

    I came across this in our basement, it was from one of Stephanie's classes at Alma College. Fairly interesting and quick read. I liked how it was organized by topic: A Medieval Housewife, Small Business, The Doctor, and Disasters to name a few. Most interesting to me were A Burgher's H...

    I don't understand how this book doesn't have an overall rating of at least 4 stars. Having a general obsession with Eleanor of Aquitaine, I am pretty aware of what life was like for the royals, but I can't say I knew what life was like for the average city dweller. This book allowed m...

    Here are some fun medieval superstitions: For a good harvest, sprinkle the ashes of a redhead on your fields. Cremated gingers practically guarantee a bumper crop. And the next time you see a condemned criminal being marched to the gallows, try to touch him. It?s good luck! Th...

    It took me three starts over many years, but I finally got around to finishing this book. It's very informative, and great for people just starting out with the Middle Ages. The main theme running throughout the novel was the fairs. However, I'd say this wasn't a strong enough narrativ...

    A classic of social history, Life in Medieval City uses Troyes in 1250 to explore the ordinary life of the small yet prosperous bourgeois. This is an age of relative stability and wealth. The Catholic Church is the undoubted supreme power in Christendom. A system of interlocking guilds...

    Highly informative! I enjoyed this one :) Just wish it hadn't taken me so long, lol ...

    This was a Christmas gift from my son George. Expectations were guided by the one pound Sterling he paid for it at the school fair. Boy, was I in for a surprise! For a week of my life, this little gem of a book transported me to life in year 1250 at the city of Troyes in Champagn...

    Medieval history is mostly about kings, barons, bishops, friars and popes. Occasionally there is a mention of the peasants, but there is very little in traditional histories about the medieval city. I consider it a pity because in my opinion medieval city is what really distinguishes E...

    Using Troyes, a 13th century French town boasting two annual fairs, numerous aspects of medieval life across the classes are discussed highlighting the advances that separate "current" Troyes from the Dark Ages: the burgeoning of business and all of the legal and monetary advances this...

    This book was recommended by my Western Civ professor. I found the reading rather tedious at times and would recommend skipping the introduction entirely as it is just a fact dump that has no context to keep up with. Each chapter was organized as a focus on a certain topic, the cathedr...

    There are a lot of interesting details about life in the middle ages in this book. Some chapters were more interesting than others, but I believe that's because I was in search of more of the daily lifestyle of the time, rather than the information about its institutions. Still I made ...

  • Frode
    Mar 24, 2018

    "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 A nice survey of Troyes in 1250 AD. Joseph and Frances Gies examine everything from medicine to women to ...

    Understandably a classic of social history. I enjoyed learning that in 13th century Europe pepper was was so expensive (though not the most expensive of spices available, those were saffron and cinnamon) that pepper sellers would sell individual peppercorns to housewives. Enjoyable soc...

    Life in a medieval city describes the lifeways and material culture and laws of the city of Troyes in the high middle ages. I can imagine for people above a certain social station life might be tolerable that seems always the case. Gives a look at the texture of life in the times. ...

    "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. The content...

    This is another outstanding addition to a captivating series for any history buff or beginner historian. Taking the reader through a 'typical' medieval city, in this case Troyes in 1250, the Gies' introduce us to all aspects of everyday life throughout the year - from schools and schol...

    This book is a delight! Despite a contemporaneous blurb on the cover by George R.R. Martin, LIFE IN A MEDIEVAL CITY, along with its cousins LIFE IN A MEDIEVAL CASTLE and LIFE IN A MEDIEVAL VILLAGE, all by the husband-and-wife team Frances and Joseph Gies, has been delighting college st...

    The modern mind is very susceptible to viewing the past as wholly different, and worse, from the present. We have all absorbed narratives of supposed progress that rely on painting the past in the grimmest light possible. But the daily lives of most people were not that different, and ...

    I came across this in our basement, it was from one of Stephanie's classes at Alma College. Fairly interesting and quick read. I liked how it was organized by topic: A Medieval Housewife, Small Business, The Doctor, and Disasters to name a few. Most interesting to me were A Burgher's H...

    I don't understand how this book doesn't have an overall rating of at least 4 stars. Having a general obsession with Eleanor of Aquitaine, I am pretty aware of what life was like for the royals, but I can't say I knew what life was like for the average city dweller. This book allowed m...

    Here are some fun medieval superstitions: For a good harvest, sprinkle the ashes of a redhead on your fields. Cremated gingers practically guarantee a bumper crop. And the next time you see a condemned criminal being marched to the gallows, try to touch him. It?s good luck! Th...

    It took me three starts over many years, but I finally got around to finishing this book. It's very informative, and great for people just starting out with the Middle Ages. The main theme running throughout the novel was the fairs. However, I'd say this wasn't a strong enough narrativ...

    A classic of social history, Life in Medieval City uses Troyes in 1250 to explore the ordinary life of the small yet prosperous bourgeois. This is an age of relative stability and wealth. The Catholic Church is the undoubted supreme power in Christendom. A system of interlocking guilds...

    Highly informative! I enjoyed this one :) Just wish it hadn't taken me so long, lol ...

    This was a Christmas gift from my son George. Expectations were guided by the one pound Sterling he paid for it at the school fair. Boy, was I in for a surprise! For a week of my life, this little gem of a book transported me to life in year 1250 at the city of Troyes in Champagn...

    Medieval history is mostly about kings, barons, bishops, friars and popes. Occasionally there is a mention of the peasants, but there is very little in traditional histories about the medieval city. I consider it a pity because in my opinion medieval city is what really distinguishes E...

    Using Troyes, a 13th century French town boasting two annual fairs, numerous aspects of medieval life across the classes are discussed highlighting the advances that separate "current" Troyes from the Dark Ages: the burgeoning of business and all of the legal and monetary advances this...

    This book was recommended by my Western Civ professor. I found the reading rather tedious at times and would recommend skipping the introduction entirely as it is just a fact dump that has no context to keep up with. Each chapter was organized as a focus on a certain topic, the cathedr...

    There are a lot of interesting details about life in the middle ages in this book. Some chapters were more interesting than others, but I believe that's because I was in search of more of the daily lifestyle of the time, rather than the information about its institutions. Still I made ...

    This series of medieval life books by Gies gives a solid overview of the various day-to-day happenings during the period as well as the pulse points of historically pivotal moments as they affected the Europeans of the time. It's perhaps not riveting reading for anyone other than histo...

    I found this book readable and informative. Because this a book by -good- amatter historians, the writing is essential stilted and more readablE, something like reading a well-written historical fiction book. ...

    The Medieval era covered such a large expanse of time and though the rate of change was slower, technology changed a lot. So it was sensible of the authors to focus on one particular year in one particular city to tell us about the medieval era. This focus does make the title a bit mis...

    Yet another element of the puzzle called Middle Ages is Life in a Medieval City, a book by historians Frances and Joseph Gies. The place is Troyes, the historical capital of Champagne, a region to the east of Paris. The year is 1250 when the county was ruled by Thibaut (Theobald) IV wh...

    This book was a very comprehensive and interesting exploration of Troyes (in France) during the year 1250 and a little before and after that year. City life was amazingly complicated and active at that time. Although the exact nature of materials and how work was done was very differen...

    Informative and interesting, nicely written and well documented--that's my description. This could have been a dry and lifeless book, but the Gies brothers have a knack for making the mundane come alive. The random reader will come across some terms that are unfamiliar, chasuble, comes...

  • Karen Brooks
    May 31, 2011

    "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 A nice survey of Troyes in 1250 AD. Joseph and Frances Gies examine everything from medicine to women to ...

    Understandably a classic of social history. I enjoyed learning that in 13th century Europe pepper was was so expensive (though not the most expensive of spices available, those were saffron and cinnamon) that pepper sellers would sell individual peppercorns to housewives. Enjoyable soc...

    Life in a medieval city describes the lifeways and material culture and laws of the city of Troyes in the high middle ages. I can imagine for people above a certain social station life might be tolerable that seems always the case. Gives a look at the texture of life in the times. ...

    "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. The content...

    This is another outstanding addition to a captivating series for any history buff or beginner historian. Taking the reader through a 'typical' medieval city, in this case Troyes in 1250, the Gies' introduce us to all aspects of everyday life throughout the year - from schools and schol...

  • Charlene
    Nov 02, 2018

    "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 A nice survey of Troyes in 1250 AD. Joseph and Frances Gies examine everything from medicine to women to ...

    Understandably a classic of social history. I enjoyed learning that in 13th century Europe pepper was was so expensive (though not the most expensive of spices available, those were saffron and cinnamon) that pepper sellers would sell individual peppercorns to housewives. Enjoyable soc...

    Life in a medieval city describes the lifeways and material culture and laws of the city of Troyes in the high middle ages. I can imagine for people above a certain social station life might be tolerable that seems always the case. Gives a look at the texture of life in the times. ...

    "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. The content...

    This is another outstanding addition to a captivating series for any history buff or beginner historian. Taking the reader through a 'typical' medieval city, in this case Troyes in 1250, the Gies' introduce us to all aspects of everyday life throughout the year - from schools and schol...

    This book is a delight! Despite a contemporaneous blurb on the cover by George R.R. Martin, LIFE IN A MEDIEVAL CITY, along with its cousins LIFE IN A MEDIEVAL CASTLE and LIFE IN A MEDIEVAL VILLAGE, all by the husband-and-wife team Frances and Joseph Gies, has been delighting college st...

    The modern mind is very susceptible to viewing the past as wholly different, and worse, from the present. We have all absorbed narratives of supposed progress that rely on painting the past in the grimmest light possible. But the daily lives of most people were not that different, and ...

    I came across this in our basement, it was from one of Stephanie's classes at Alma College. Fairly interesting and quick read. I liked how it was organized by topic: A Medieval Housewife, Small Business, The Doctor, and Disasters to name a few. Most interesting to me were A Burgher's H...

    I don't understand how this book doesn't have an overall rating of at least 4 stars. Having a general obsession with Eleanor of Aquitaine, I am pretty aware of what life was like for the royals, but I can't say I knew what life was like for the average city dweller. This book allowed m...

  • Hedlun
    Nov 27, 2010

    "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 A nice survey of Troyes in 1250 AD. Joseph and Frances Gies examine everything from medicine to women to ...

    Understandably a classic of social history. I enjoyed learning that in 13th century Europe pepper was was so expensive (though not the most expensive of spices available, those were saffron and cinnamon) that pepper sellers would sell individual peppercorns to housewives. Enjoyable soc...

    Life in a medieval city describes the lifeways and material culture and laws of the city of Troyes in the high middle ages. I can imagine for people above a certain social station life might be tolerable that seems always the case. Gives a look at the texture of life in the times. ...

    "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. The content...

    This is another outstanding addition to a captivating series for any history buff or beginner historian. Taking the reader through a 'typical' medieval city, in this case Troyes in 1250, the Gies' introduce us to all aspects of everyday life throughout the year - from schools and schol...

    This book is a delight! Despite a contemporaneous blurb on the cover by George R.R. Martin, LIFE IN A MEDIEVAL CITY, along with its cousins LIFE IN A MEDIEVAL CASTLE and LIFE IN A MEDIEVAL VILLAGE, all by the husband-and-wife team Frances and Joseph Gies, has been delighting college st...

    The modern mind is very susceptible to viewing the past as wholly different, and worse, from the present. We have all absorbed narratives of supposed progress that rely on painting the past in the grimmest light possible. But the daily lives of most people were not that different, and ...

    I came across this in our basement, it was from one of Stephanie's classes at Alma College. Fairly interesting and quick read. I liked how it was organized by topic: A Medieval Housewife, Small Business, The Doctor, and Disasters to name a few. Most interesting to me were A Burgher's H...

  • Lynley
    Oct 06, 2018

    "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 A nice survey of Troyes in 1250 AD. Joseph and Frances Gies examine everything from medicine to women to ...

    Understandably a classic of social history. I enjoyed learning that in 13th century Europe pepper was was so expensive (though not the most expensive of spices available, those were saffron and cinnamon) that pepper sellers would sell individual peppercorns to housewives. Enjoyable soc...

    Life in a medieval city describes the lifeways and material culture and laws of the city of Troyes in the high middle ages. I can imagine for people above a certain social station life might be tolerable that seems always the case. Gives a look at the texture of life in the times. ...

    "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. The content...

    This is another outstanding addition to a captivating series for any history buff or beginner historian. Taking the reader through a 'typical' medieval city, in this case Troyes in 1250, the Gies' introduce us to all aspects of everyday life throughout the year - from schools and schol...

    This book is a delight! Despite a contemporaneous blurb on the cover by George R.R. Martin, LIFE IN A MEDIEVAL CITY, along with its cousins LIFE IN A MEDIEVAL CASTLE and LIFE IN A MEDIEVAL VILLAGE, all by the husband-and-wife team Frances and Joseph Gies, has been delighting college st...

    The modern mind is very susceptible to viewing the past as wholly different, and worse, from the present. We have all absorbed narratives of supposed progress that rely on painting the past in the grimmest light possible. But the daily lives of most people were not that different, and ...

    I came across this in our basement, it was from one of Stephanie's classes at Alma College. Fairly interesting and quick read. I liked how it was organized by topic: A Medieval Housewife, Small Business, The Doctor, and Disasters to name a few. Most interesting to me were A Burgher's H...

    I don't understand how this book doesn't have an overall rating of at least 4 stars. Having a general obsession with Eleanor of Aquitaine, I am pretty aware of what life was like for the royals, but I can't say I knew what life was like for the average city dweller. This book allowed m...

    Here are some fun medieval superstitions: For a good harvest, sprinkle the ashes of a redhead on your fields. Cremated gingers practically guarantee a bumper crop. And the next time you see a condemned criminal being marched to the gallows, try to touch him. It?s good luck! Th...

    It took me three starts over many years, but I finally got around to finishing this book. It's very informative, and great for people just starting out with the Middle Ages. The main theme running throughout the novel was the fairs. However, I'd say this wasn't a strong enough narrativ...

    A classic of social history, Life in Medieval City uses Troyes in 1250 to explore the ordinary life of the small yet prosperous bourgeois. This is an age of relative stability and wealth. The Catholic Church is the undoubted supreme power in Christendom. A system of interlocking guilds...

    Highly informative! I enjoyed this one :) Just wish it hadn't taken me so long, lol ...

    This was a Christmas gift from my son George. Expectations were guided by the one pound Sterling he paid for it at the school fair. Boy, was I in for a surprise! For a week of my life, this little gem of a book transported me to life in year 1250 at the city of Troyes in Champagn...

    Medieval history is mostly about kings, barons, bishops, friars and popes. Occasionally there is a mention of the peasants, but there is very little in traditional histories about the medieval city. I consider it a pity because in my opinion medieval city is what really distinguishes E...

    Using Troyes, a 13th century French town boasting two annual fairs, numerous aspects of medieval life across the classes are discussed highlighting the advances that separate "current" Troyes from the Dark Ages: the burgeoning of business and all of the legal and monetary advances this...

    This book was recommended by my Western Civ professor. I found the reading rather tedious at times and would recommend skipping the introduction entirely as it is just a fact dump that has no context to keep up with. Each chapter was organized as a focus on a certain topic, the cathedr...

    There are a lot of interesting details about life in the middle ages in this book. Some chapters were more interesting than others, but I believe that's because I was in search of more of the daily lifestyle of the time, rather than the information about its institutions. Still I made ...

    This series of medieval life books by Gies gives a solid overview of the various day-to-day happenings during the period as well as the pulse points of historically pivotal moments as they affected the Europeans of the time. It's perhaps not riveting reading for anyone other than histo...

    I found this book readable and informative. Because this a book by -good- amatter historians, the writing is essential stilted and more readablE, something like reading a well-written historical fiction book. ...

    The Medieval era covered such a large expanse of time and though the rate of change was slower, technology changed a lot. So it was sensible of the authors to focus on one particular year in one particular city to tell us about the medieval era. This focus does make the title a bit mis...

  • SlowRain
    Feb 18, 2018

    "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 A nice survey of Troyes in 1250 AD. Joseph and Frances Gies examine everything from medicine to women to ...

    Understandably a classic of social history. I enjoyed learning that in 13th century Europe pepper was was so expensive (though not the most expensive of spices available, those were saffron and cinnamon) that pepper sellers would sell individual peppercorns to housewives. Enjoyable soc...

    Life in a medieval city describes the lifeways and material culture and laws of the city of Troyes in the high middle ages. I can imagine for people above a certain social station life might be tolerable that seems always the case. Gives a look at the texture of life in the times. ...

    "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. The content...

    This is another outstanding addition to a captivating series for any history buff or beginner historian. Taking the reader through a 'typical' medieval city, in this case Troyes in 1250, the Gies' introduce us to all aspects of everyday life throughout the year - from schools and schol...

    This book is a delight! Despite a contemporaneous blurb on the cover by George R.R. Martin, LIFE IN A MEDIEVAL CITY, along with its cousins LIFE IN A MEDIEVAL CASTLE and LIFE IN A MEDIEVAL VILLAGE, all by the husband-and-wife team Frances and Joseph Gies, has been delighting college st...

    The modern mind is very susceptible to viewing the past as wholly different, and worse, from the present. We have all absorbed narratives of supposed progress that rely on painting the past in the grimmest light possible. But the daily lives of most people were not that different, and ...

    I came across this in our basement, it was from one of Stephanie's classes at Alma College. Fairly interesting and quick read. I liked how it was organized by topic: A Medieval Housewife, Small Business, The Doctor, and Disasters to name a few. Most interesting to me were A Burgher's H...

    I don't understand how this book doesn't have an overall rating of at least 4 stars. Having a general obsession with Eleanor of Aquitaine, I am pretty aware of what life was like for the royals, but I can't say I knew what life was like for the average city dweller. This book allowed m...

    Here are some fun medieval superstitions: For a good harvest, sprinkle the ashes of a redhead on your fields. Cremated gingers practically guarantee a bumper crop. And the next time you see a condemned criminal being marched to the gallows, try to touch him. It?s good luck! Th...

    It took me three starts over many years, but I finally got around to finishing this book. It's very informative, and great for people just starting out with the Middle Ages. The main theme running throughout the novel was the fairs. However, I'd say this wasn't a strong enough narrativ...

  • Michael Burnam-Fink
    Mar 20, 2018

    "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 A nice survey of Troyes in 1250 AD. Joseph and Frances Gies examine everything from medicine to women to ...

    Understandably a classic of social history. I enjoyed learning that in 13th century Europe pepper was was so expensive (though not the most expensive of spices available, those were saffron and cinnamon) that pepper sellers would sell individual peppercorns to housewives. Enjoyable soc...

    Life in a medieval city describes the lifeways and material culture and laws of the city of Troyes in the high middle ages. I can imagine for people above a certain social station life might be tolerable that seems always the case. Gives a look at the texture of life in the times. ...

    "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. The content...

    This is another outstanding addition to a captivating series for any history buff or beginner historian. Taking the reader through a 'typical' medieval city, in this case Troyes in 1250, the Gies' introduce us to all aspects of everyday life throughout the year - from schools and schol...

    This book is a delight! Despite a contemporaneous blurb on the cover by George R.R. Martin, LIFE IN A MEDIEVAL CITY, along with its cousins LIFE IN A MEDIEVAL CASTLE and LIFE IN A MEDIEVAL VILLAGE, all by the husband-and-wife team Frances and Joseph Gies, has been delighting college st...

    The modern mind is very susceptible to viewing the past as wholly different, and worse, from the present. We have all absorbed narratives of supposed progress that rely on painting the past in the grimmest light possible. But the daily lives of most people were not that different, and ...

    I came across this in our basement, it was from one of Stephanie's classes at Alma College. Fairly interesting and quick read. I liked how it was organized by topic: A Medieval Housewife, Small Business, The Doctor, and Disasters to name a few. Most interesting to me were A Burgher's H...

    I don't understand how this book doesn't have an overall rating of at least 4 stars. Having a general obsession with Eleanor of Aquitaine, I am pretty aware of what life was like for the royals, but I can't say I knew what life was like for the average city dweller. This book allowed m...

    Here are some fun medieval superstitions: For a good harvest, sprinkle the ashes of a redhead on your fields. Cremated gingers practically guarantee a bumper crop. And the next time you see a condemned criminal being marched to the gallows, try to touch him. It?s good luck! Th...

    It took me three starts over many years, but I finally got around to finishing this book. It's very informative, and great for people just starting out with the Middle Ages. The main theme running throughout the novel was the fairs. However, I'd say this wasn't a strong enough narrativ...

    A classic of social history, Life in Medieval City uses Troyes in 1250 to explore the ordinary life of the small yet prosperous bourgeois. This is an age of relative stability and wealth. The Catholic Church is the undoubted supreme power in Christendom. A system of interlocking guilds...

  • Ash
    Mar 22, 2015

    "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 A nice survey of Troyes in 1250 AD. Joseph and Frances Gies examine everything from medicine to women to ...

    Understandably a classic of social history. I enjoyed learning that in 13th century Europe pepper was was so expensive (though not the most expensive of spices available, those were saffron and cinnamon) that pepper sellers would sell individual peppercorns to housewives. Enjoyable soc...

    Life in a medieval city describes the lifeways and material culture and laws of the city of Troyes in the high middle ages. I can imagine for people above a certain social station life might be tolerable that seems always the case. Gives a look at the texture of life in the times. ...

    "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. The content...

    This is another outstanding addition to a captivating series for any history buff or beginner historian. Taking the reader through a 'typical' medieval city, in this case Troyes in 1250, the Gies' introduce us to all aspects of everyday life throughout the year - from schools and schol...

    This book is a delight! Despite a contemporaneous blurb on the cover by George R.R. Martin, LIFE IN A MEDIEVAL CITY, along with its cousins LIFE IN A MEDIEVAL CASTLE and LIFE IN A MEDIEVAL VILLAGE, all by the husband-and-wife team Frances and Joseph Gies, has been delighting college st...

    The modern mind is very susceptible to viewing the past as wholly different, and worse, from the present. We have all absorbed narratives of supposed progress that rely on painting the past in the grimmest light possible. But the daily lives of most people were not that different, and ...

    I came across this in our basement, it was from one of Stephanie's classes at Alma College. Fairly interesting and quick read. I liked how it was organized by topic: A Medieval Housewife, Small Business, The Doctor, and Disasters to name a few. Most interesting to me were A Burgher's H...

    I don't understand how this book doesn't have an overall rating of at least 4 stars. Having a general obsession with Eleanor of Aquitaine, I am pretty aware of what life was like for the royals, but I can't say I knew what life was like for the average city dweller. This book allowed m...

    Here are some fun medieval superstitions: For a good harvest, sprinkle the ashes of a redhead on your fields. Cremated gingers practically guarantee a bumper crop. And the next time you see a condemned criminal being marched to the gallows, try to touch him. It?s good luck! Th...

    It took me three starts over many years, but I finally got around to finishing this book. It's very informative, and great for people just starting out with the Middle Ages. The main theme running throughout the novel was the fairs. However, I'd say this wasn't a strong enough narrativ...

    A classic of social history, Life in Medieval City uses Troyes in 1250 to explore the ordinary life of the small yet prosperous bourgeois. This is an age of relative stability and wealth. The Catholic Church is the undoubted supreme power in Christendom. A system of interlocking guilds...

    Highly informative! I enjoyed this one :) Just wish it hadn't taken me so long, lol ...

    This was a Christmas gift from my son George. Expectations were guided by the one pound Sterling he paid for it at the school fair. Boy, was I in for a surprise! For a week of my life, this little gem of a book transported me to life in year 1250 at the city of Troyes in Champagn...

    Medieval history is mostly about kings, barons, bishops, friars and popes. Occasionally there is a mention of the peasants, but there is very little in traditional histories about the medieval city. I consider it a pity because in my opinion medieval city is what really distinguishes E...

    Using Troyes, a 13th century French town boasting two annual fairs, numerous aspects of medieval life across the classes are discussed highlighting the advances that separate "current" Troyes from the Dark Ages: the burgeoning of business and all of the legal and monetary advances this...

  • Charles
    Apr 10, 2019

    "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 A nice survey of Troyes in 1250 AD. Joseph and Frances Gies examine everything from medicine to women to ...

    Understandably a classic of social history. I enjoyed learning that in 13th century Europe pepper was was so expensive (though not the most expensive of spices available, those were saffron and cinnamon) that pepper sellers would sell individual peppercorns to housewives. Enjoyable soc...

    Life in a medieval city describes the lifeways and material culture and laws of the city of Troyes in the high middle ages. I can imagine for people above a certain social station life might be tolerable that seems always the case. Gives a look at the texture of life in the times. ...

    "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. The content...

    This is another outstanding addition to a captivating series for any history buff or beginner historian. Taking the reader through a 'typical' medieval city, in this case Troyes in 1250, the Gies' introduce us to all aspects of everyday life throughout the year - from schools and schol...

    This book is a delight! Despite a contemporaneous blurb on the cover by George R.R. Martin, LIFE IN A MEDIEVAL CITY, along with its cousins LIFE IN A MEDIEVAL CASTLE and LIFE IN A MEDIEVAL VILLAGE, all by the husband-and-wife team Frances and Joseph Gies, has been delighting college st...

    The modern mind is very susceptible to viewing the past as wholly different, and worse, from the present. We have all absorbed narratives of supposed progress that rely on painting the past in the grimmest light possible. But the daily lives of most people were not that different, and ...

  • Mia
    Oct 23, 2018

    "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 A nice survey of Troyes in 1250 AD. Joseph and Frances Gies examine everything from medicine to women to ...

    Understandably a classic of social history. I enjoyed learning that in 13th century Europe pepper was was so expensive (though not the most expensive of spices available, those were saffron and cinnamon) that pepper sellers would sell individual peppercorns to housewives. Enjoyable soc...

    Life in a medieval city describes the lifeways and material culture and laws of the city of Troyes in the high middle ages. I can imagine for people above a certain social station life might be tolerable that seems always the case. Gives a look at the texture of life in the times. ...

    "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. The content...

    This is another outstanding addition to a captivating series for any history buff or beginner historian. Taking the reader through a 'typical' medieval city, in this case Troyes in 1250, the Gies' introduce us to all aspects of everyday life throughout the year - from schools and schol...

    This book is a delight! Despite a contemporaneous blurb on the cover by George R.R. Martin, LIFE IN A MEDIEVAL CITY, along with its cousins LIFE IN A MEDIEVAL CASTLE and LIFE IN A MEDIEVAL VILLAGE, all by the husband-and-wife team Frances and Joseph Gies, has been delighting college st...

    The modern mind is very susceptible to viewing the past as wholly different, and worse, from the present. We have all absorbed narratives of supposed progress that rely on painting the past in the grimmest light possible. But the daily lives of most people were not that different, and ...

    I came across this in our basement, it was from one of Stephanie's classes at Alma College. Fairly interesting and quick read. I liked how it was organized by topic: A Medieval Housewife, Small Business, The Doctor, and Disasters to name a few. Most interesting to me were A Burgher's H...

    I don't understand how this book doesn't have an overall rating of at least 4 stars. Having a general obsession with Eleanor of Aquitaine, I am pretty aware of what life was like for the royals, but I can't say I knew what life was like for the average city dweller. This book allowed m...

    Here are some fun medieval superstitions: For a good harvest, sprinkle the ashes of a redhead on your fields. Cremated gingers practically guarantee a bumper crop. And the next time you see a condemned criminal being marched to the gallows, try to touch him. It?s good luck! Th...

    It took me three starts over many years, but I finally got around to finishing this book. It's very informative, and great for people just starting out with the Middle Ages. The main theme running throughout the novel was the fairs. However, I'd say this wasn't a strong enough narrativ...

    A classic of social history, Life in Medieval City uses Troyes in 1250 to explore the ordinary life of the small yet prosperous bourgeois. This is an age of relative stability and wealth. The Catholic Church is the undoubted supreme power in Christendom. A system of interlocking guilds...

    Highly informative! I enjoyed this one :) Just wish it hadn't taken me so long, lol ...

    This was a Christmas gift from my son George. Expectations were guided by the one pound Sterling he paid for it at the school fair. Boy, was I in for a surprise! For a week of my life, this little gem of a book transported me to life in year 1250 at the city of Troyes in Champagn...

    Medieval history is mostly about kings, barons, bishops, friars and popes. Occasionally there is a mention of the peasants, but there is very little in traditional histories about the medieval city. I consider it a pity because in my opinion medieval city is what really distinguishes E...

    Using Troyes, a 13th century French town boasting two annual fairs, numerous aspects of medieval life across the classes are discussed highlighting the advances that separate "current" Troyes from the Dark Ages: the burgeoning of business and all of the legal and monetary advances this...

    This book was recommended by my Western Civ professor. I found the reading rather tedious at times and would recommend skipping the introduction entirely as it is just a fact dump that has no context to keep up with. Each chapter was organized as a focus on a certain topic, the cathedr...

    There are a lot of interesting details about life in the middle ages in this book. Some chapters were more interesting than others, but I believe that's because I was in search of more of the daily lifestyle of the time, rather than the information about its institutions. Still I made ...

    This series of medieval life books by Gies gives a solid overview of the various day-to-day happenings during the period as well as the pulse points of historically pivotal moments as they affected the Europeans of the time. It's perhaps not riveting reading for anyone other than histo...

    I found this book readable and informative. Because this a book by -good- amatter historians, the writing is essential stilted and more readablE, something like reading a well-written historical fiction book. ...

    The Medieval era covered such a large expanse of time and though the rate of change was slower, technology changed a lot. So it was sensible of the authors to focus on one particular year in one particular city to tell us about the medieval era. This focus does make the title a bit mis...

    Yet another element of the puzzle called Middle Ages is Life in a Medieval City, a book by historians Frances and Joseph Gies. The place is Troyes, the historical capital of Champagne, a region to the east of Paris. The year is 1250 when the county was ruled by Thibaut (Theobald) IV wh...

    This book was a very comprehensive and interesting exploration of Troyes (in France) during the year 1250 and a little before and after that year. City life was amazingly complicated and active at that time. Although the exact nature of materials and how work was done was very differen...

    Informative and interesting, nicely written and well documented--that's my description. This could have been a dry and lifeless book, but the Gies brothers have a knack for making the mundane come alive. The random reader will come across some terms that are unfamiliar, chasuble, comes...

    The best narrated historical non fiction book I?ve read. It was written from a detailed perspectives of each particular inhabitant of the city. In that way you learn about how it is to go to school in that time, how are stained glass windows created, how the store front look like and...

    With strident prose the author covers an amazing variety of small facts; the things most history books gloss right over but actually illuminate what life was like for many, and how the day to day worked while the "big history" was made elsewhere. The author makes a case study of Troyes...

  • Subowal
    Jul 03, 2014

    "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 A nice survey of Troyes in 1250 AD. Joseph and Frances Gies examine everything from medicine to women to ...

    Understandably a classic of social history. I enjoyed learning that in 13th century Europe pepper was was so expensive (though not the most expensive of spices available, those were saffron and cinnamon) that pepper sellers would sell individual peppercorns to housewives. Enjoyable soc...

    Life in a medieval city describes the lifeways and material culture and laws of the city of Troyes in the high middle ages. I can imagine for people above a certain social station life might be tolerable that seems always the case. Gives a look at the texture of life in the times. ...

    "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. The content...

    This is another outstanding addition to a captivating series for any history buff or beginner historian. Taking the reader through a 'typical' medieval city, in this case Troyes in 1250, the Gies' introduce us to all aspects of everyday life throughout the year - from schools and schol...

    This book is a delight! Despite a contemporaneous blurb on the cover by George R.R. Martin, LIFE IN A MEDIEVAL CITY, along with its cousins LIFE IN A MEDIEVAL CASTLE and LIFE IN A MEDIEVAL VILLAGE, all by the husband-and-wife team Frances and Joseph Gies, has been delighting college st...

    The modern mind is very susceptible to viewing the past as wholly different, and worse, from the present. We have all absorbed narratives of supposed progress that rely on painting the past in the grimmest light possible. But the daily lives of most people were not that different, and ...

    I came across this in our basement, it was from one of Stephanie's classes at Alma College. Fairly interesting and quick read. I liked how it was organized by topic: A Medieval Housewife, Small Business, The Doctor, and Disasters to name a few. Most interesting to me were A Burgher's H...

    I don't understand how this book doesn't have an overall rating of at least 4 stars. Having a general obsession with Eleanor of Aquitaine, I am pretty aware of what life was like for the royals, but I can't say I knew what life was like for the average city dweller. This book allowed m...

    Here are some fun medieval superstitions: For a good harvest, sprinkle the ashes of a redhead on your fields. Cremated gingers practically guarantee a bumper crop. And the next time you see a condemned criminal being marched to the gallows, try to touch him. It?s good luck! Th...

    It took me three starts over many years, but I finally got around to finishing this book. It's very informative, and great for people just starting out with the Middle Ages. The main theme running throughout the novel was the fairs. However, I'd say this wasn't a strong enough narrativ...

    A classic of social history, Life in Medieval City uses Troyes in 1250 to explore the ordinary life of the small yet prosperous bourgeois. This is an age of relative stability and wealth. The Catholic Church is the undoubted supreme power in Christendom. A system of interlocking guilds...

    Highly informative! I enjoyed this one :) Just wish it hadn't taken me so long, lol ...

    This was a Christmas gift from my son George. Expectations were guided by the one pound Sterling he paid for it at the school fair. Boy, was I in for a surprise! For a week of my life, this little gem of a book transported me to life in year 1250 at the city of Troyes in Champagn...

    Medieval history is mostly about kings, barons, bishops, friars and popes. Occasionally there is a mention of the peasants, but there is very little in traditional histories about the medieval city. I consider it a pity because in my opinion medieval city is what really distinguishes E...

  • Robert
    May 23, 2018

    "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 A nice survey of Troyes in 1250 AD. Joseph and Frances Gies examine everything from medicine to women to ...

    Understandably a classic of social history. I enjoyed learning that in 13th century Europe pepper was was so expensive (though not the most expensive of spices available, those were saffron and cinnamon) that pepper sellers would sell individual peppercorns to housewives. Enjoyable soc...

    Life in a medieval city describes the lifeways and material culture and laws of the city of Troyes in the high middle ages. I can imagine for people above a certain social station life might be tolerable that seems always the case. Gives a look at the texture of life in the times. ...

    "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. The content...

    This is another outstanding addition to a captivating series for any history buff or beginner historian. Taking the reader through a 'typical' medieval city, in this case Troyes in 1250, the Gies' introduce us to all aspects of everyday life throughout the year - from schools and schol...

    This book is a delight! Despite a contemporaneous blurb on the cover by George R.R. Martin, LIFE IN A MEDIEVAL CITY, along with its cousins LIFE IN A MEDIEVAL CASTLE and LIFE IN A MEDIEVAL VILLAGE, all by the husband-and-wife team Frances and Joseph Gies, has been delighting college st...

    The modern mind is very susceptible to viewing the past as wholly different, and worse, from the present. We have all absorbed narratives of supposed progress that rely on painting the past in the grimmest light possible. But the daily lives of most people were not that different, and ...

    I came across this in our basement, it was from one of Stephanie's classes at Alma College. Fairly interesting and quick read. I liked how it was organized by topic: A Medieval Housewife, Small Business, The Doctor, and Disasters to name a few. Most interesting to me were A Burgher's H...

    I don't understand how this book doesn't have an overall rating of at least 4 stars. Having a general obsession with Eleanor of Aquitaine, I am pretty aware of what life was like for the royals, but I can't say I knew what life was like for the average city dweller. This book allowed m...

    Here are some fun medieval superstitions: For a good harvest, sprinkle the ashes of a redhead on your fields. Cremated gingers practically guarantee a bumper crop. And the next time you see a condemned criminal being marched to the gallows, try to touch him. It?s good luck! Th...

    It took me three starts over many years, but I finally got around to finishing this book. It's very informative, and great for people just starting out with the Middle Ages. The main theme running throughout the novel was the fairs. However, I'd say this wasn't a strong enough narrativ...

    A classic of social history, Life in Medieval City uses Troyes in 1250 to explore the ordinary life of the small yet prosperous bourgeois. This is an age of relative stability and wealth. The Catholic Church is the undoubted supreme power in Christendom. A system of interlocking guilds...

    Highly informative! I enjoyed this one :) Just wish it hadn't taken me so long, lol ...

    This was a Christmas gift from my son George. Expectations were guided by the one pound Sterling he paid for it at the school fair. Boy, was I in for a surprise! For a week of my life, this little gem of a book transported me to life in year 1250 at the city of Troyes in Champagn...

    Medieval history is mostly about kings, barons, bishops, friars and popes. Occasionally there is a mention of the peasants, but there is very little in traditional histories about the medieval city. I consider it a pity because in my opinion medieval city is what really distinguishes E...

    Using Troyes, a 13th century French town boasting two annual fairs, numerous aspects of medieval life across the classes are discussed highlighting the advances that separate "current" Troyes from the Dark Ages: the burgeoning of business and all of the legal and monetary advances this...

    This book was recommended by my Western Civ professor. I found the reading rather tedious at times and would recommend skipping the introduction entirely as it is just a fact dump that has no context to keep up with. Each chapter was organized as a focus on a certain topic, the cathedr...

    There are a lot of interesting details about life in the middle ages in this book. Some chapters were more interesting than others, but I believe that's because I was in search of more of the daily lifestyle of the time, rather than the information about its institutions. Still I made ...

    This series of medieval life books by Gies gives a solid overview of the various day-to-day happenings during the period as well as the pulse points of historically pivotal moments as they affected the Europeans of the time. It's perhaps not riveting reading for anyone other than histo...

    I found this book readable and informative. Because this a book by -good- amatter historians, the writing is essential stilted and more readablE, something like reading a well-written historical fiction book. ...

    The Medieval era covered such a large expanse of time and though the rate of change was slower, technology changed a lot. So it was sensible of the authors to focus on one particular year in one particular city to tell us about the medieval era. This focus does make the title a bit mis...

    Yet another element of the puzzle called Middle Ages is Life in a Medieval City, a book by historians Frances and Joseph Gies. The place is Troyes, the historical capital of Champagne, a region to the east of Paris. The year is 1250 when the county was ruled by Thibaut (Theobald) IV wh...

    This book was a very comprehensive and interesting exploration of Troyes (in France) during the year 1250 and a little before and after that year. City life was amazingly complicated and active at that time. Although the exact nature of materials and how work was done was very differen...

    Informative and interesting, nicely written and well documented--that's my description. This could have been a dry and lifeless book, but the Gies brothers have a knack for making the mundane come alive. The random reader will come across some terms that are unfamiliar, chasuble, comes...

    The best narrated historical non fiction book I?ve read. It was written from a detailed perspectives of each particular inhabitant of the city. In that way you learn about how it is to go to school in that time, how are stained glass windows created, how the store front look like and...

    With strident prose the author covers an amazing variety of small facts; the things most history books gloss right over but actually illuminate what life was like for many, and how the day to day worked while the "big history" was made elsewhere. The author makes a case study of Troyes...

    4 stars...no, the medieval times were not dominated by farming peasants with not an inkling of knowledge beyond that of their particular trade. The king did not have all the power and money to do as he wished. Banks existed, and they did not provide kings with all the money they could ...

    As another reviewer said: "a classic of social history." Fascinating look into the beginnings, evolution and state of cities in 1250 France, specifically Troyes. The detail- from aspects of cultural attitudes; the mechanics of the churches control over all aspects of society; married l...

  • Peter Colclasure
    Sep 22, 2018

    "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 A nice survey of Troyes in 1250 AD. Joseph and Frances Gies examine everything from medicine to women to ...

    Understandably a classic of social history. I enjoyed learning that in 13th century Europe pepper was was so expensive (though not the most expensive of spices available, those were saffron and cinnamon) that pepper sellers would sell individual peppercorns to housewives. Enjoyable soc...

    Life in a medieval city describes the lifeways and material culture and laws of the city of Troyes in the high middle ages. I can imagine for people above a certain social station life might be tolerable that seems always the case. Gives a look at the texture of life in the times. ...

    "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. The content...

    This is another outstanding addition to a captivating series for any history buff or beginner historian. Taking the reader through a 'typical' medieval city, in this case Troyes in 1250, the Gies' introduce us to all aspects of everyday life throughout the year - from schools and schol...

    This book is a delight! Despite a contemporaneous blurb on the cover by George R.R. Martin, LIFE IN A MEDIEVAL CITY, along with its cousins LIFE IN A MEDIEVAL CASTLE and LIFE IN A MEDIEVAL VILLAGE, all by the husband-and-wife team Frances and Joseph Gies, has been delighting college st...

    The modern mind is very susceptible to viewing the past as wholly different, and worse, from the present. We have all absorbed narratives of supposed progress that rely on painting the past in the grimmest light possible. But the daily lives of most people were not that different, and ...

    I came across this in our basement, it was from one of Stephanie's classes at Alma College. Fairly interesting and quick read. I liked how it was organized by topic: A Medieval Housewife, Small Business, The Doctor, and Disasters to name a few. Most interesting to me were A Burgher's H...

    I don't understand how this book doesn't have an overall rating of at least 4 stars. Having a general obsession with Eleanor of Aquitaine, I am pretty aware of what life was like for the royals, but I can't say I knew what life was like for the average city dweller. This book allowed m...

    Here are some fun medieval superstitions: For a good harvest, sprinkle the ashes of a redhead on your fields. Cremated gingers practically guarantee a bumper crop. And the next time you see a condemned criminal being marched to the gallows, try to touch him. It?s good luck! Th...

  • Carole
    Mar 04, 2018

    "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 A nice survey of Troyes in 1250 AD. Joseph and Frances Gies examine everything from medicine to women to ...

    Understandably a classic of social history. I enjoyed learning that in 13th century Europe pepper was was so expensive (though not the most expensive of spices available, those were saffron and cinnamon) that pepper sellers would sell individual peppercorns to housewives. Enjoyable soc...

    Life in a medieval city describes the lifeways and material culture and laws of the city of Troyes in the high middle ages. I can imagine for people above a certain social station life might be tolerable that seems always the case. Gives a look at the texture of life in the times. ...

    "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. The content...

    This is another outstanding addition to a captivating series for any history buff or beginner historian. Taking the reader through a 'typical' medieval city, in this case Troyes in 1250, the Gies' introduce us to all aspects of everyday life throughout the year - from schools and schol...

    This book is a delight! Despite a contemporaneous blurb on the cover by George R.R. Martin, LIFE IN A MEDIEVAL CITY, along with its cousins LIFE IN A MEDIEVAL CASTLE and LIFE IN A MEDIEVAL VILLAGE, all by the husband-and-wife team Frances and Joseph Gies, has been delighting college st...

    The modern mind is very susceptible to viewing the past as wholly different, and worse, from the present. We have all absorbed narratives of supposed progress that rely on painting the past in the grimmest light possible. But the daily lives of most people were not that different, and ...

    I came across this in our basement, it was from one of Stephanie's classes at Alma College. Fairly interesting and quick read. I liked how it was organized by topic: A Medieval Housewife, Small Business, The Doctor, and Disasters to name a few. Most interesting to me were A Burgher's H...

    I don't understand how this book doesn't have an overall rating of at least 4 stars. Having a general obsession with Eleanor of Aquitaine, I am pretty aware of what life was like for the royals, but I can't say I knew what life was like for the average city dweller. This book allowed m...

    Here are some fun medieval superstitions: For a good harvest, sprinkle the ashes of a redhead on your fields. Cremated gingers practically guarantee a bumper crop. And the next time you see a condemned criminal being marched to the gallows, try to touch him. It?s good luck! Th...

    It took me three starts over many years, but I finally got around to finishing this book. It's very informative, and great for people just starting out with the Middle Ages. The main theme running throughout the novel was the fairs. However, I'd say this wasn't a strong enough narrativ...

    A classic of social history, Life in Medieval City uses Troyes in 1250 to explore the ordinary life of the small yet prosperous bourgeois. This is an age of relative stability and wealth. The Catholic Church is the undoubted supreme power in Christendom. A system of interlocking guilds...

    Highly informative! I enjoyed this one :) Just wish it hadn't taken me so long, lol ...

    This was a Christmas gift from my son George. Expectations were guided by the one pound Sterling he paid for it at the school fair. Boy, was I in for a surprise! For a week of my life, this little gem of a book transported me to life in year 1250 at the city of Troyes in Champagn...

    Medieval history is mostly about kings, barons, bishops, friars and popes. Occasionally there is a mention of the peasants, but there is very little in traditional histories about the medieval city. I consider it a pity because in my opinion medieval city is what really distinguishes E...

    Using Troyes, a 13th century French town boasting two annual fairs, numerous aspects of medieval life across the classes are discussed highlighting the advances that separate "current" Troyes from the Dark Ages: the burgeoning of business and all of the legal and monetary advances this...

    This book was recommended by my Western Civ professor. I found the reading rather tedious at times and would recommend skipping the introduction entirely as it is just a fact dump that has no context to keep up with. Each chapter was organized as a focus on a certain topic, the cathedr...

    There are a lot of interesting details about life in the middle ages in this book. Some chapters were more interesting than others, but I believe that's because I was in search of more of the daily lifestyle of the time, rather than the information about its institutions. Still I made ...

    This series of medieval life books by Gies gives a solid overview of the various day-to-day happenings during the period as well as the pulse points of historically pivotal moments as they affected the Europeans of the time. It's perhaps not riveting reading for anyone other than histo...

    I found this book readable and informative. Because this a book by -good- amatter historians, the writing is essential stilted and more readablE, something like reading a well-written historical fiction book. ...

    The Medieval era covered such a large expanse of time and though the rate of change was slower, technology changed a lot. So it was sensible of the authors to focus on one particular year in one particular city to tell us about the medieval era. This focus does make the title a bit mis...

    Yet another element of the puzzle called Middle Ages is Life in a Medieval City, a book by historians Frances and Joseph Gies. The place is Troyes, the historical capital of Champagne, a region to the east of Paris. The year is 1250 when the county was ruled by Thibaut (Theobald) IV wh...

    This book was a very comprehensive and interesting exploration of Troyes (in France) during the year 1250 and a little before and after that year. City life was amazingly complicated and active at that time. Although the exact nature of materials and how work was done was very differen...

  • Peter Mcloughlin
    Oct 31, 2018

    "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 A nice survey of Troyes in 1250 AD. Joseph and Frances Gies examine everything from medicine to women to ...

    Understandably a classic of social history. I enjoyed learning that in 13th century Europe pepper was was so expensive (though not the most expensive of spices available, those were saffron and cinnamon) that pepper sellers would sell individual peppercorns to housewives. Enjoyable soc...

    Life in a medieval city describes the lifeways and material culture and laws of the city of Troyes in the high middle ages. I can imagine for people above a certain social station life might be tolerable that seems always the case. Gives a look at the texture of life in the times. ...

  • Athan Tolis
    Jan 06, 2017

    "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 A nice survey of Troyes in 1250 AD. Joseph and Frances Gies examine everything from medicine to women to ...

    Understandably a classic of social history. I enjoyed learning that in 13th century Europe pepper was was so expensive (though not the most expensive of spices available, those were saffron and cinnamon) that pepper sellers would sell individual peppercorns to housewives. Enjoyable soc...

    Life in a medieval city describes the lifeways and material culture and laws of the city of Troyes in the high middle ages. I can imagine for people above a certain social station life might be tolerable that seems always the case. Gives a look at the texture of life in the times. ...

    "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. The content...

    This is another outstanding addition to a captivating series for any history buff or beginner historian. Taking the reader through a 'typical' medieval city, in this case Troyes in 1250, the Gies' introduce us to all aspects of everyday life throughout the year - from schools and schol...

    This book is a delight! Despite a contemporaneous blurb on the cover by George R.R. Martin, LIFE IN A MEDIEVAL CITY, along with its cousins LIFE IN A MEDIEVAL CASTLE and LIFE IN A MEDIEVAL VILLAGE, all by the husband-and-wife team Frances and Joseph Gies, has been delighting college st...

    The modern mind is very susceptible to viewing the past as wholly different, and worse, from the present. We have all absorbed narratives of supposed progress that rely on painting the past in the grimmest light possible. But the daily lives of most people were not that different, and ...

    I came across this in our basement, it was from one of Stephanie's classes at Alma College. Fairly interesting and quick read. I liked how it was organized by topic: A Medieval Housewife, Small Business, The Doctor, and Disasters to name a few. Most interesting to me were A Burgher's H...

    I don't understand how this book doesn't have an overall rating of at least 4 stars. Having a general obsession with Eleanor of Aquitaine, I am pretty aware of what life was like for the royals, but I can't say I knew what life was like for the average city dweller. This book allowed m...

    Here are some fun medieval superstitions: For a good harvest, sprinkle the ashes of a redhead on your fields. Cremated gingers practically guarantee a bumper crop. And the next time you see a condemned criminal being marched to the gallows, try to touch him. It?s good luck! Th...

    It took me three starts over many years, but I finally got around to finishing this book. It's very informative, and great for people just starting out with the Middle Ages. The main theme running throughout the novel was the fairs. However, I'd say this wasn't a strong enough narrativ...

    A classic of social history, Life in Medieval City uses Troyes in 1250 to explore the ordinary life of the small yet prosperous bourgeois. This is an age of relative stability and wealth. The Catholic Church is the undoubted supreme power in Christendom. A system of interlocking guilds...

    Highly informative! I enjoyed this one :) Just wish it hadn't taken me so long, lol ...

    This was a Christmas gift from my son George. Expectations were guided by the one pound Sterling he paid for it at the school fair. Boy, was I in for a surprise! For a week of my life, this little gem of a book transported me to life in year 1250 at the city of Troyes in Champagn...

  • Darwin8u
    Mar 31, 2018

    "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 A nice survey of Troyes in 1250 AD. Joseph and Frances Gies examine everything from medicine to women to ...

  • Cynda
    Dec 01, 2014

    "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 A nice survey of Troyes in 1250 AD. Joseph and Frances Gies examine everything from medicine to women to ...

    Understandably a classic of social history. I enjoyed learning that in 13th century Europe pepper was was so expensive (though not the most expensive of spices available, those were saffron and cinnamon) that pepper sellers would sell individual peppercorns to housewives. Enjoyable soc...

    Life in a medieval city describes the lifeways and material culture and laws of the city of Troyes in the high middle ages. I can imagine for people above a certain social station life might be tolerable that seems always the case. Gives a look at the texture of life in the times. ...

    "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. The content...

    This is another outstanding addition to a captivating series for any history buff or beginner historian. Taking the reader through a 'typical' medieval city, in this case Troyes in 1250, the Gies' introduce us to all aspects of everyday life throughout the year - from schools and schol...

    This book is a delight! Despite a contemporaneous blurb on the cover by George R.R. Martin, LIFE IN A MEDIEVAL CITY, along with its cousins LIFE IN A MEDIEVAL CASTLE and LIFE IN A MEDIEVAL VILLAGE, all by the husband-and-wife team Frances and Joseph Gies, has been delighting college st...

    The modern mind is very susceptible to viewing the past as wholly different, and worse, from the present. We have all absorbed narratives of supposed progress that rely on painting the past in the grimmest light possible. But the daily lives of most people were not that different, and ...

    I came across this in our basement, it was from one of Stephanie's classes at Alma College. Fairly interesting and quick read. I liked how it was organized by topic: A Medieval Housewife, Small Business, The Doctor, and Disasters to name a few. Most interesting to me were A Burgher's H...

    I don't understand how this book doesn't have an overall rating of at least 4 stars. Having a general obsession with Eleanor of Aquitaine, I am pretty aware of what life was like for the royals, but I can't say I knew what life was like for the average city dweller. This book allowed m...

    Here are some fun medieval superstitions: For a good harvest, sprinkle the ashes of a redhead on your fields. Cremated gingers practically guarantee a bumper crop. And the next time you see a condemned criminal being marched to the gallows, try to touch him. It?s good luck! Th...

    It took me three starts over many years, but I finally got around to finishing this book. It's very informative, and great for people just starting out with the Middle Ages. The main theme running throughout the novel was the fairs. However, I'd say this wasn't a strong enough narrativ...

    A classic of social history, Life in Medieval City uses Troyes in 1250 to explore the ordinary life of the small yet prosperous bourgeois. This is an age of relative stability and wealth. The Catholic Church is the undoubted supreme power in Christendom. A system of interlocking guilds...

    Highly informative! I enjoyed this one :) Just wish it hadn't taken me so long, lol ...

    This was a Christmas gift from my son George. Expectations were guided by the one pound Sterling he paid for it at the school fair. Boy, was I in for a surprise! For a week of my life, this little gem of a book transported me to life in year 1250 at the city of Troyes in Champagn...

    Medieval history is mostly about kings, barons, bishops, friars and popes. Occasionally there is a mention of the peasants, but there is very little in traditional histories about the medieval city. I consider it a pity because in my opinion medieval city is what really distinguishes E...

    Using Troyes, a 13th century French town boasting two annual fairs, numerous aspects of medieval life across the classes are discussed highlighting the advances that separate "current" Troyes from the Dark Ages: the burgeoning of business and all of the legal and monetary advances this...

    This book was recommended by my Western Civ professor. I found the reading rather tedious at times and would recommend skipping the introduction entirely as it is just a fact dump that has no context to keep up with. Each chapter was organized as a focus on a certain topic, the cathedr...

    There are a lot of interesting details about life in the middle ages in this book. Some chapters were more interesting than others, but I believe that's because I was in search of more of the daily lifestyle of the time, rather than the information about its institutions. Still I made ...

    This series of medieval life books by Gies gives a solid overview of the various day-to-day happenings during the period as well as the pulse points of historically pivotal moments as they affected the Europeans of the time. It's perhaps not riveting reading for anyone other than histo...

    I found this book readable and informative. Because this a book by -good- amatter historians, the writing is essential stilted and more readablE, something like reading a well-written historical fiction book. ...

  • Laurie
    Mar 17, 2018

    "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 A nice survey of Troyes in 1250 AD. Joseph and Frances Gies examine everything from medicine to women to ...

    Understandably a classic of social history. I enjoyed learning that in 13th century Europe pepper was was so expensive (though not the most expensive of spices available, those were saffron and cinnamon) that pepper sellers would sell individual peppercorns to housewives. Enjoyable soc...

  • Hillary Marshall
    Oct 24, 2018

    "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 A nice survey of Troyes in 1250 AD. Joseph and Frances Gies examine everything from medicine to women to ...

    Understandably a classic of social history. I enjoyed learning that in 13th century Europe pepper was was so expensive (though not the most expensive of spices available, those were saffron and cinnamon) that pepper sellers would sell individual peppercorns to housewives. Enjoyable soc...

    Life in a medieval city describes the lifeways and material culture and laws of the city of Troyes in the high middle ages. I can imagine for people above a certain social station life might be tolerable that seems always the case. Gives a look at the texture of life in the times. ...

    "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. The content...

    This is another outstanding addition to a captivating series for any history buff or beginner historian. Taking the reader through a 'typical' medieval city, in this case Troyes in 1250, the Gies' introduce us to all aspects of everyday life throughout the year - from schools and schol...

    This book is a delight! Despite a contemporaneous blurb on the cover by George R.R. Martin, LIFE IN A MEDIEVAL CITY, along with its cousins LIFE IN A MEDIEVAL CASTLE and LIFE IN A MEDIEVAL VILLAGE, all by the husband-and-wife team Frances and Joseph Gies, has been delighting college st...

    The modern mind is very susceptible to viewing the past as wholly different, and worse, from the present. We have all absorbed narratives of supposed progress that rely on painting the past in the grimmest light possible. But the daily lives of most people were not that different, and ...

    I came across this in our basement, it was from one of Stephanie's classes at Alma College. Fairly interesting and quick read. I liked how it was organized by topic: A Medieval Housewife, Small Business, The Doctor, and Disasters to name a few. Most interesting to me were A Burgher's H...

    I don't understand how this book doesn't have an overall rating of at least 4 stars. Having a general obsession with Eleanor of Aquitaine, I am pretty aware of what life was like for the royals, but I can't say I knew what life was like for the average city dweller. This book allowed m...

    Here are some fun medieval superstitions: For a good harvest, sprinkle the ashes of a redhead on your fields. Cremated gingers practically guarantee a bumper crop. And the next time you see a condemned criminal being marched to the gallows, try to touch him. It?s good luck! Th...

    It took me three starts over many years, but I finally got around to finishing this book. It's very informative, and great for people just starting out with the Middle Ages. The main theme running throughout the novel was the fairs. However, I'd say this wasn't a strong enough narrativ...

    A classic of social history, Life in Medieval City uses Troyes in 1250 to explore the ordinary life of the small yet prosperous bourgeois. This is an age of relative stability and wealth. The Catholic Church is the undoubted supreme power in Christendom. A system of interlocking guilds...

    Highly informative! I enjoyed this one :) Just wish it hadn't taken me so long, lol ...

  • Oleksandr Fediienko
    Nov 11, 2017

    "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 A nice survey of Troyes in 1250 AD. Joseph and Frances Gies examine everything from medicine to women to ...

    Understandably a classic of social history. I enjoyed learning that in 13th century Europe pepper was was so expensive (though not the most expensive of spices available, those were saffron and cinnamon) that pepper sellers would sell individual peppercorns to housewives. Enjoyable soc...

    Life in a medieval city describes the lifeways and material culture and laws of the city of Troyes in the high middle ages. I can imagine for people above a certain social station life might be tolerable that seems always the case. Gives a look at the texture of life in the times. ...

    "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. The content...

    This is another outstanding addition to a captivating series for any history buff or beginner historian. Taking the reader through a 'typical' medieval city, in this case Troyes in 1250, the Gies' introduce us to all aspects of everyday life throughout the year - from schools and schol...

    This book is a delight! Despite a contemporaneous blurb on the cover by George R.R. Martin, LIFE IN A MEDIEVAL CITY, along with its cousins LIFE IN A MEDIEVAL CASTLE and LIFE IN A MEDIEVAL VILLAGE, all by the husband-and-wife team Frances and Joseph Gies, has been delighting college st...

    The modern mind is very susceptible to viewing the past as wholly different, and worse, from the present. We have all absorbed narratives of supposed progress that rely on painting the past in the grimmest light possible. But the daily lives of most people were not that different, and ...

    I came across this in our basement, it was from one of Stephanie's classes at Alma College. Fairly interesting and quick read. I liked how it was organized by topic: A Medieval Housewife, Small Business, The Doctor, and Disasters to name a few. Most interesting to me were A Burgher's H...

    I don't understand how this book doesn't have an overall rating of at least 4 stars. Having a general obsession with Eleanor of Aquitaine, I am pretty aware of what life was like for the royals, but I can't say I knew what life was like for the average city dweller. This book allowed m...

    Here are some fun medieval superstitions: For a good harvest, sprinkle the ashes of a redhead on your fields. Cremated gingers practically guarantee a bumper crop. And the next time you see a condemned criminal being marched to the gallows, try to touch him. It?s good luck! Th...

    It took me three starts over many years, but I finally got around to finishing this book. It's very informative, and great for people just starting out with the Middle Ages. The main theme running throughout the novel was the fairs. However, I'd say this wasn't a strong enough narrativ...

    A classic of social history, Life in Medieval City uses Troyes in 1250 to explore the ordinary life of the small yet prosperous bourgeois. This is an age of relative stability and wealth. The Catholic Church is the undoubted supreme power in Christendom. A system of interlocking guilds...

    Highly informative! I enjoyed this one :) Just wish it hadn't taken me so long, lol ...

    This was a Christmas gift from my son George. Expectations were guided by the one pound Sterling he paid for it at the school fair. Boy, was I in for a surprise! For a week of my life, this little gem of a book transported me to life in year 1250 at the city of Troyes in Champagn...

    Medieval history is mostly about kings, barons, bishops, friars and popes. Occasionally there is a mention of the peasants, but there is very little in traditional histories about the medieval city. I consider it a pity because in my opinion medieval city is what really distinguishes E...

    Using Troyes, a 13th century French town boasting two annual fairs, numerous aspects of medieval life across the classes are discussed highlighting the advances that separate "current" Troyes from the Dark Ages: the burgeoning of business and all of the legal and monetary advances this...

    This book was recommended by my Western Civ professor. I found the reading rather tedious at times and would recommend skipping the introduction entirely as it is just a fact dump that has no context to keep up with. Each chapter was organized as a focus on a certain topic, the cathedr...

    There are a lot of interesting details about life in the middle ages in this book. Some chapters were more interesting than others, but I believe that's because I was in search of more of the daily lifestyle of the time, rather than the information about its institutions. Still I made ...

    This series of medieval life books by Gies gives a solid overview of the various day-to-day happenings during the period as well as the pulse points of historically pivotal moments as they affected the Europeans of the time. It's perhaps not riveting reading for anyone other than histo...

    I found this book readable and informative. Because this a book by -good- amatter historians, the writing is essential stilted and more readablE, something like reading a well-written historical fiction book. ...

    The Medieval era covered such a large expanse of time and though the rate of change was slower, technology changed a lot. So it was sensible of the authors to focus on one particular year in one particular city to tell us about the medieval era. This focus does make the title a bit mis...

    Yet another element of the puzzle called Middle Ages is Life in a Medieval City, a book by historians Frances and Joseph Gies. The place is Troyes, the historical capital of Champagne, a region to the east of Paris. The year is 1250 when the county was ruled by Thibaut (Theobald) IV wh...

  • Marty Smith
    Jan 15, 2019

    "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 A nice survey of Troyes in 1250 AD. Joseph and Frances Gies examine everything from medicine to women to ...

    Understandably a classic of social history. I enjoyed learning that in 13th century Europe pepper was was so expensive (though not the most expensive of spices available, those were saffron and cinnamon) that pepper sellers would sell individual peppercorns to housewives. Enjoyable soc...

    Life in a medieval city describes the lifeways and material culture and laws of the city of Troyes in the high middle ages. I can imagine for people above a certain social station life might be tolerable that seems always the case. Gives a look at the texture of life in the times. ...

    "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. The content...

    This is another outstanding addition to a captivating series for any history buff or beginner historian. Taking the reader through a 'typical' medieval city, in this case Troyes in 1250, the Gies' introduce us to all aspects of everyday life throughout the year - from schools and schol...

    This book is a delight! Despite a contemporaneous blurb on the cover by George R.R. Martin, LIFE IN A MEDIEVAL CITY, along with its cousins LIFE IN A MEDIEVAL CASTLE and LIFE IN A MEDIEVAL VILLAGE, all by the husband-and-wife team Frances and Joseph Gies, has been delighting college st...

    The modern mind is very susceptible to viewing the past as wholly different, and worse, from the present. We have all absorbed narratives of supposed progress that rely on painting the past in the grimmest light possible. But the daily lives of most people were not that different, and ...

    I came across this in our basement, it was from one of Stephanie's classes at Alma College. Fairly interesting and quick read. I liked how it was organized by topic: A Medieval Housewife, Small Business, The Doctor, and Disasters to name a few. Most interesting to me were A Burgher's H...

    I don't understand how this book doesn't have an overall rating of at least 4 stars. Having a general obsession with Eleanor of Aquitaine, I am pretty aware of what life was like for the royals, but I can't say I knew what life was like for the average city dweller. This book allowed m...

    Here are some fun medieval superstitions: For a good harvest, sprinkle the ashes of a redhead on your fields. Cremated gingers practically guarantee a bumper crop. And the next time you see a condemned criminal being marched to the gallows, try to touch him. It?s good luck! Th...

    It took me three starts over many years, but I finally got around to finishing this book. It's very informative, and great for people just starting out with the Middle Ages. The main theme running throughout the novel was the fairs. However, I'd say this wasn't a strong enough narrativ...

    A classic of social history, Life in Medieval City uses Troyes in 1250 to explore the ordinary life of the small yet prosperous bourgeois. This is an age of relative stability and wealth. The Catholic Church is the undoubted supreme power in Christendom. A system of interlocking guilds...

    Highly informative! I enjoyed this one :) Just wish it hadn't taken me so long, lol ...

    This was a Christmas gift from my son George. Expectations were guided by the one pound Sterling he paid for it at the school fair. Boy, was I in for a surprise! For a week of my life, this little gem of a book transported me to life in year 1250 at the city of Troyes in Champagn...

    Medieval history is mostly about kings, barons, bishops, friars and popes. Occasionally there is a mention of the peasants, but there is very little in traditional histories about the medieval city. I consider it a pity because in my opinion medieval city is what really distinguishes E...

    Using Troyes, a 13th century French town boasting two annual fairs, numerous aspects of medieval life across the classes are discussed highlighting the advances that separate "current" Troyes from the Dark Ages: the burgeoning of business and all of the legal and monetary advances this...

    This book was recommended by my Western Civ professor. I found the reading rather tedious at times and would recommend skipping the introduction entirely as it is just a fact dump that has no context to keep up with. Each chapter was organized as a focus on a certain topic, the cathedr...

    There are a lot of interesting details about life in the middle ages in this book. Some chapters were more interesting than others, but I believe that's because I was in search of more of the daily lifestyle of the time, rather than the information about its institutions. Still I made ...

    This series of medieval life books by Gies gives a solid overview of the various day-to-day happenings during the period as well as the pulse points of historically pivotal moments as they affected the Europeans of the time. It's perhaps not riveting reading for anyone other than histo...

    I found this book readable and informative. Because this a book by -good- amatter historians, the writing is essential stilted and more readablE, something like reading a well-written historical fiction book. ...

    The Medieval era covered such a large expanse of time and though the rate of change was slower, technology changed a lot. So it was sensible of the authors to focus on one particular year in one particular city to tell us about the medieval era. This focus does make the title a bit mis...

    Yet another element of the puzzle called Middle Ages is Life in a Medieval City, a book by historians Frances and Joseph Gies. The place is Troyes, the historical capital of Champagne, a region to the east of Paris. The year is 1250 when the county was ruled by Thibaut (Theobald) IV wh...

    This book was a very comprehensive and interesting exploration of Troyes (in France) during the year 1250 and a little before and after that year. City life was amazingly complicated and active at that time. Although the exact nature of materials and how work was done was very differen...

    Informative and interesting, nicely written and well documented--that's my description. This could have been a dry and lifeless book, but the Gies brothers have a knack for making the mundane come alive. The random reader will come across some terms that are unfamiliar, chasuble, comes...

    The best narrated historical non fiction book I?ve read. It was written from a detailed perspectives of each particular inhabitant of the city. In that way you learn about how it is to go to school in that time, how are stained glass windows created, how the store front look like and...

    With strident prose the author covers an amazing variety of small facts; the things most history books gloss right over but actually illuminate what life was like for many, and how the day to day worked while the "big history" was made elsewhere. The author makes a case study of Troyes...

    4 stars...no, the medieval times were not dominated by farming peasants with not an inkling of knowledge beyond that of their particular trade. The king did not have all the power and money to do as he wished. Banks existed, and they did not provide kings with all the money they could ...

    As another reviewer said: "a classic of social history." Fascinating look into the beginnings, evolution and state of cities in 1250 France, specifically Troyes. The detail- from aspects of cultural attitudes; the mechanics of the churches control over all aspects of society; married l...

    This is the best of the Gies books. It is completely researched and filled with information but not presented in a tedious manner allowing the reader to feel the sense of life in the 1200s. True, there is occasionally a bit too much detail on certain specific historical figures, bu...

  • Orly Pickering
    Sep 17, 2018

    "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 A nice survey of Troyes in 1250 AD. Joseph and Frances Gies examine everything from medicine to women to ...

    Understandably a classic of social history. I enjoyed learning that in 13th century Europe pepper was was so expensive (though not the most expensive of spices available, those were saffron and cinnamon) that pepper sellers would sell individual peppercorns to housewives. Enjoyable soc...

    Life in a medieval city describes the lifeways and material culture and laws of the city of Troyes in the high middle ages. I can imagine for people above a certain social station life might be tolerable that seems always the case. Gives a look at the texture of life in the times. ...

    "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. The content...

    This is another outstanding addition to a captivating series for any history buff or beginner historian. Taking the reader through a 'typical' medieval city, in this case Troyes in 1250, the Gies' introduce us to all aspects of everyday life throughout the year - from schools and schol...

    This book is a delight! Despite a contemporaneous blurb on the cover by George R.R. Martin, LIFE IN A MEDIEVAL CITY, along with its cousins LIFE IN A MEDIEVAL CASTLE and LIFE IN A MEDIEVAL VILLAGE, all by the husband-and-wife team Frances and Joseph Gies, has been delighting college st...

    The modern mind is very susceptible to viewing the past as wholly different, and worse, from the present. We have all absorbed narratives of supposed progress that rely on painting the past in the grimmest light possible. But the daily lives of most people were not that different, and ...

    I came across this in our basement, it was from one of Stephanie's classes at Alma College. Fairly interesting and quick read. I liked how it was organized by topic: A Medieval Housewife, Small Business, The Doctor, and Disasters to name a few. Most interesting to me were A Burgher's H...

    I don't understand how this book doesn't have an overall rating of at least 4 stars. Having a general obsession with Eleanor of Aquitaine, I am pretty aware of what life was like for the royals, but I can't say I knew what life was like for the average city dweller. This book allowed m...

    Here are some fun medieval superstitions: For a good harvest, sprinkle the ashes of a redhead on your fields. Cremated gingers practically guarantee a bumper crop. And the next time you see a condemned criminal being marched to the gallows, try to touch him. It?s good luck! Th...

    It took me three starts over many years, but I finally got around to finishing this book. It's very informative, and great for people just starting out with the Middle Ages. The main theme running throughout the novel was the fairs. However, I'd say this wasn't a strong enough narrativ...

    A classic of social history, Life in Medieval City uses Troyes in 1250 to explore the ordinary life of the small yet prosperous bourgeois. This is an age of relative stability and wealth. The Catholic Church is the undoubted supreme power in Christendom. A system of interlocking guilds...

    Highly informative! I enjoyed this one :) Just wish it hadn't taken me so long, lol ...

    This was a Christmas gift from my son George. Expectations were guided by the one pound Sterling he paid for it at the school fair. Boy, was I in for a surprise! For a week of my life, this little gem of a book transported me to life in year 1250 at the city of Troyes in Champagn...

    Medieval history is mostly about kings, barons, bishops, friars and popes. Occasionally there is a mention of the peasants, but there is very little in traditional histories about the medieval city. I consider it a pity because in my opinion medieval city is what really distinguishes E...

    Using Troyes, a 13th century French town boasting two annual fairs, numerous aspects of medieval life across the classes are discussed highlighting the advances that separate "current" Troyes from the Dark Ages: the burgeoning of business and all of the legal and monetary advances this...

    This book was recommended by my Western Civ professor. I found the reading rather tedious at times and would recommend skipping the introduction entirely as it is just a fact dump that has no context to keep up with. Each chapter was organized as a focus on a certain topic, the cathedr...

    There are a lot of interesting details about life in the middle ages in this book. Some chapters were more interesting than others, but I believe that's because I was in search of more of the daily lifestyle of the time, rather than the information about its institutions. Still I made ...

    This series of medieval life books by Gies gives a solid overview of the various day-to-day happenings during the period as well as the pulse points of historically pivotal moments as they affected the Europeans of the time. It's perhaps not riveting reading for anyone other than histo...

    I found this book readable and informative. Because this a book by -good- amatter historians, the writing is essential stilted and more readablE, something like reading a well-written historical fiction book. ...

    The Medieval era covered such a large expanse of time and though the rate of change was slower, technology changed a lot. So it was sensible of the authors to focus on one particular year in one particular city to tell us about the medieval era. This focus does make the title a bit mis...

    Yet another element of the puzzle called Middle Ages is Life in a Medieval City, a book by historians Frances and Joseph Gies. The place is Troyes, the historical capital of Champagne, a region to the east of Paris. The year is 1250 when the county was ruled by Thibaut (Theobald) IV wh...

    This book was a very comprehensive and interesting exploration of Troyes (in France) during the year 1250 and a little before and after that year. City life was amazingly complicated and active at that time. Although the exact nature of materials and how work was done was very differen...

    Informative and interesting, nicely written and well documented--that's my description. This could have been a dry and lifeless book, but the Gies brothers have a knack for making the mundane come alive. The random reader will come across some terms that are unfamiliar, chasuble, comes...

    The best narrated historical non fiction book I?ve read. It was written from a detailed perspectives of each particular inhabitant of the city. In that way you learn about how it is to go to school in that time, how are stained glass windows created, how the store front look like and...

    With strident prose the author covers an amazing variety of small facts; the things most history books gloss right over but actually illuminate what life was like for many, and how the day to day worked while the "big history" was made elsewhere. The author makes a case study of Troyes...

    4 stars...no, the medieval times were not dominated by farming peasants with not an inkling of knowledge beyond that of their particular trade. The king did not have all the power and money to do as he wished. Banks existed, and they did not provide kings with all the money they could ...

  • Petra
    Jan 19, 2019

    "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 A nice survey of Troyes in 1250 AD. Joseph and Frances Gies examine everything from medicine to women to ...

    Understandably a classic of social history. I enjoyed learning that in 13th century Europe pepper was was so expensive (though not the most expensive of spices available, those were saffron and cinnamon) that pepper sellers would sell individual peppercorns to housewives. Enjoyable soc...

    Life in a medieval city describes the lifeways and material culture and laws of the city of Troyes in the high middle ages. I can imagine for people above a certain social station life might be tolerable that seems always the case. Gives a look at the texture of life in the times. ...

    "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. The content...

    This is another outstanding addition to a captivating series for any history buff or beginner historian. Taking the reader through a 'typical' medieval city, in this case Troyes in 1250, the Gies' introduce us to all aspects of everyday life throughout the year - from schools and schol...

    This book is a delight! Despite a contemporaneous blurb on the cover by George R.R. Martin, LIFE IN A MEDIEVAL CITY, along with its cousins LIFE IN A MEDIEVAL CASTLE and LIFE IN A MEDIEVAL VILLAGE, all by the husband-and-wife team Frances and Joseph Gies, has been delighting college st...

    The modern mind is very susceptible to viewing the past as wholly different, and worse, from the present. We have all absorbed narratives of supposed progress that rely on painting the past in the grimmest light possible. But the daily lives of most people were not that different, and ...

    I came across this in our basement, it was from one of Stephanie's classes at Alma College. Fairly interesting and quick read. I liked how it was organized by topic: A Medieval Housewife, Small Business, The Doctor, and Disasters to name a few. Most interesting to me were A Burgher's H...

    I don't understand how this book doesn't have an overall rating of at least 4 stars. Having a general obsession with Eleanor of Aquitaine, I am pretty aware of what life was like for the royals, but I can't say I knew what life was like for the average city dweller. This book allowed m...

    Here are some fun medieval superstitions: For a good harvest, sprinkle the ashes of a redhead on your fields. Cremated gingers practically guarantee a bumper crop. And the next time you see a condemned criminal being marched to the gallows, try to touch him. It?s good luck! Th...

    It took me three starts over many years, but I finally got around to finishing this book. It's very informative, and great for people just starting out with the Middle Ages. The main theme running throughout the novel was the fairs. However, I'd say this wasn't a strong enough narrativ...

    A classic of social history, Life in Medieval City uses Troyes in 1250 to explore the ordinary life of the small yet prosperous bourgeois. This is an age of relative stability and wealth. The Catholic Church is the undoubted supreme power in Christendom. A system of interlocking guilds...

    Highly informative! I enjoyed this one :) Just wish it hadn't taken me so long, lol ...

    This was a Christmas gift from my son George. Expectations were guided by the one pound Sterling he paid for it at the school fair. Boy, was I in for a surprise! For a week of my life, this little gem of a book transported me to life in year 1250 at the city of Troyes in Champagn...

    Medieval history is mostly about kings, barons, bishops, friars and popes. Occasionally there is a mention of the peasants, but there is very little in traditional histories about the medieval city. I consider it a pity because in my opinion medieval city is what really distinguishes E...

    Using Troyes, a 13th century French town boasting two annual fairs, numerous aspects of medieval life across the classes are discussed highlighting the advances that separate "current" Troyes from the Dark Ages: the burgeoning of business and all of the legal and monetary advances this...

    This book was recommended by my Western Civ professor. I found the reading rather tedious at times and would recommend skipping the introduction entirely as it is just a fact dump that has no context to keep up with. Each chapter was organized as a focus on a certain topic, the cathedr...

    There are a lot of interesting details about life in the middle ages in this book. Some chapters were more interesting than others, but I believe that's because I was in search of more of the daily lifestyle of the time, rather than the information about its institutions. Still I made ...

    This series of medieval life books by Gies gives a solid overview of the various day-to-day happenings during the period as well as the pulse points of historically pivotal moments as they affected the Europeans of the time. It's perhaps not riveting reading for anyone other than histo...

    I found this book readable and informative. Because this a book by -good- amatter historians, the writing is essential stilted and more readablE, something like reading a well-written historical fiction book. ...

    The Medieval era covered such a large expanse of time and though the rate of change was slower, technology changed a lot. So it was sensible of the authors to focus on one particular year in one particular city to tell us about the medieval era. This focus does make the title a bit mis...

    Yet another element of the puzzle called Middle Ages is Life in a Medieval City, a book by historians Frances and Joseph Gies. The place is Troyes, the historical capital of Champagne, a region to the east of Paris. The year is 1250 when the county was ruled by Thibaut (Theobald) IV wh...

    This book was a very comprehensive and interesting exploration of Troyes (in France) during the year 1250 and a little before and after that year. City life was amazingly complicated and active at that time. Although the exact nature of materials and how work was done was very differen...

    Informative and interesting, nicely written and well documented--that's my description. This could have been a dry and lifeless book, but the Gies brothers have a knack for making the mundane come alive. The random reader will come across some terms that are unfamiliar, chasuble, comes...

    The best narrated historical non fiction book I?ve read. It was written from a detailed perspectives of each particular inhabitant of the city. In that way you learn about how it is to go to school in that time, how are stained glass windows created, how the store front look like and...

  • ALLEN
    Dec 10, 2018

    "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 A nice survey of Troyes in 1250 AD. Joseph and Frances Gies examine everything from medicine to women to ...

    Understandably a classic of social history. I enjoyed learning that in 13th century Europe pepper was was so expensive (though not the most expensive of spices available, those were saffron and cinnamon) that pepper sellers would sell individual peppercorns to housewives. Enjoyable soc...

    Life in a medieval city describes the lifeways and material culture and laws of the city of Troyes in the high middle ages. I can imagine for people above a certain social station life might be tolerable that seems always the case. Gives a look at the texture of life in the times. ...

    "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. The content...

    This is another outstanding addition to a captivating series for any history buff or beginner historian. Taking the reader through a 'typical' medieval city, in this case Troyes in 1250, the Gies' introduce us to all aspects of everyday life throughout the year - from schools and schol...

    This book is a delight! Despite a contemporaneous blurb on the cover by George R.R. Martin, LIFE IN A MEDIEVAL CITY, along with its cousins LIFE IN A MEDIEVAL CASTLE and LIFE IN A MEDIEVAL VILLAGE, all by the husband-and-wife team Frances and Joseph Gies, has been delighting college st...

  • Ryan Castner
    Jan 02, 2018

    "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 A nice survey of Troyes in 1250 AD. Joseph and Frances Gies examine everything from medicine to women to ...

    Understandably a classic of social history. I enjoyed learning that in 13th century Europe pepper was was so expensive (though not the most expensive of spices available, those were saffron and cinnamon) that pepper sellers would sell individual peppercorns to housewives. Enjoyable soc...

    Life in a medieval city describes the lifeways and material culture and laws of the city of Troyes in the high middle ages. I can imagine for people above a certain social station life might be tolerable that seems always the case. Gives a look at the texture of life in the times. ...

    "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. The content...

    This is another outstanding addition to a captivating series for any history buff or beginner historian. Taking the reader through a 'typical' medieval city, in this case Troyes in 1250, the Gies' introduce us to all aspects of everyday life throughout the year - from schools and schol...

    This book is a delight! Despite a contemporaneous blurb on the cover by George R.R. Martin, LIFE IN A MEDIEVAL CITY, along with its cousins LIFE IN A MEDIEVAL CASTLE and LIFE IN A MEDIEVAL VILLAGE, all by the husband-and-wife team Frances and Joseph Gies, has been delighting college st...

    The modern mind is very susceptible to viewing the past as wholly different, and worse, from the present. We have all absorbed narratives of supposed progress that rely on painting the past in the grimmest light possible. But the daily lives of most people were not that different, and ...

    I came across this in our basement, it was from one of Stephanie's classes at Alma College. Fairly interesting and quick read. I liked how it was organized by topic: A Medieval Housewife, Small Business, The Doctor, and Disasters to name a few. Most interesting to me were A Burgher's H...

    I don't understand how this book doesn't have an overall rating of at least 4 stars. Having a general obsession with Eleanor of Aquitaine, I am pretty aware of what life was like for the royals, but I can't say I knew what life was like for the average city dweller. This book allowed m...

    Here are some fun medieval superstitions: For a good harvest, sprinkle the ashes of a redhead on your fields. Cremated gingers practically guarantee a bumper crop. And the next time you see a condemned criminal being marched to the gallows, try to touch him. It?s good luck! Th...

    It took me three starts over many years, but I finally got around to finishing this book. It's very informative, and great for people just starting out with the Middle Ages. The main theme running throughout the novel was the fairs. However, I'd say this wasn't a strong enough narrativ...

    A classic of social history, Life in Medieval City uses Troyes in 1250 to explore the ordinary life of the small yet prosperous bourgeois. This is an age of relative stability and wealth. The Catholic Church is the undoubted supreme power in Christendom. A system of interlocking guilds...

    Highly informative! I enjoyed this one :) Just wish it hadn't taken me so long, lol ...

    This was a Christmas gift from my son George. Expectations were guided by the one pound Sterling he paid for it at the school fair. Boy, was I in for a surprise! For a week of my life, this little gem of a book transported me to life in year 1250 at the city of Troyes in Champagn...

    Medieval history is mostly about kings, barons, bishops, friars and popes. Occasionally there is a mention of the peasants, but there is very little in traditional histories about the medieval city. I consider it a pity because in my opinion medieval city is what really distinguishes E...

    Using Troyes, a 13th century French town boasting two annual fairs, numerous aspects of medieval life across the classes are discussed highlighting the advances that separate "current" Troyes from the Dark Ages: the burgeoning of business and all of the legal and monetary advances this...

    This book was recommended by my Western Civ professor. I found the reading rather tedious at times and would recommend skipping the introduction entirely as it is just a fact dump that has no context to keep up with. Each chapter was organized as a focus on a certain topic, the cathedr...

  • D.P. Woolliscroft
    Mar 02, 2018

    "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 A nice survey of Troyes in 1250 AD. Joseph and Frances Gies examine everything from medicine to women to ...

    Understandably a classic of social history. I enjoyed learning that in 13th century Europe pepper was was so expensive (though not the most expensive of spices available, those were saffron and cinnamon) that pepper sellers would sell individual peppercorns to housewives. Enjoyable soc...

    Life in a medieval city describes the lifeways and material culture and laws of the city of Troyes in the high middle ages. I can imagine for people above a certain social station life might be tolerable that seems always the case. Gives a look at the texture of life in the times. ...

    "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. The content...

    This is another outstanding addition to a captivating series for any history buff or beginner historian. Taking the reader through a 'typical' medieval city, in this case Troyes in 1250, the Gies' introduce us to all aspects of everyday life throughout the year - from schools and schol...

    This book is a delight! Despite a contemporaneous blurb on the cover by George R.R. Martin, LIFE IN A MEDIEVAL CITY, along with its cousins LIFE IN A MEDIEVAL CASTLE and LIFE IN A MEDIEVAL VILLAGE, all by the husband-and-wife team Frances and Joseph Gies, has been delighting college st...

    The modern mind is very susceptible to viewing the past as wholly different, and worse, from the present. We have all absorbed narratives of supposed progress that rely on painting the past in the grimmest light possible. But the daily lives of most people were not that different, and ...

    I came across this in our basement, it was from one of Stephanie's classes at Alma College. Fairly interesting and quick read. I liked how it was organized by topic: A Medieval Housewife, Small Business, The Doctor, and Disasters to name a few. Most interesting to me were A Burgher's H...

    I don't understand how this book doesn't have an overall rating of at least 4 stars. Having a general obsession with Eleanor of Aquitaine, I am pretty aware of what life was like for the royals, but I can't say I knew what life was like for the average city dweller. This book allowed m...

    Here are some fun medieval superstitions: For a good harvest, sprinkle the ashes of a redhead on your fields. Cremated gingers practically guarantee a bumper crop. And the next time you see a condemned criminal being marched to the gallows, try to touch him. It?s good luck! Th...

    It took me three starts over many years, but I finally got around to finishing this book. It's very informative, and great for people just starting out with the Middle Ages. The main theme running throughout the novel was the fairs. However, I'd say this wasn't a strong enough narrativ...

    A classic of social history, Life in Medieval City uses Troyes in 1250 to explore the ordinary life of the small yet prosperous bourgeois. This is an age of relative stability and wealth. The Catholic Church is the undoubted supreme power in Christendom. A system of interlocking guilds...

    Highly informative! I enjoyed this one :) Just wish it hadn't taken me so long, lol ...

    This was a Christmas gift from my son George. Expectations were guided by the one pound Sterling he paid for it at the school fair. Boy, was I in for a surprise! For a week of my life, this little gem of a book transported me to life in year 1250 at the city of Troyes in Champagn...

    Medieval history is mostly about kings, barons, bishops, friars and popes. Occasionally there is a mention of the peasants, but there is very little in traditional histories about the medieval city. I consider it a pity because in my opinion medieval city is what really distinguishes E...

    Using Troyes, a 13th century French town boasting two annual fairs, numerous aspects of medieval life across the classes are discussed highlighting the advances that separate "current" Troyes from the Dark Ages: the burgeoning of business and all of the legal and monetary advances this...

    This book was recommended by my Western Civ professor. I found the reading rather tedious at times and would recommend skipping the introduction entirely as it is just a fact dump that has no context to keep up with. Each chapter was organized as a focus on a certain topic, the cathedr...

    There are a lot of interesting details about life in the middle ages in this book. Some chapters were more interesting than others, but I believe that's because I was in search of more of the daily lifestyle of the time, rather than the information about its institutions. Still I made ...

    This series of medieval life books by Gies gives a solid overview of the various day-to-day happenings during the period as well as the pulse points of historically pivotal moments as they affected the Europeans of the time. It's perhaps not riveting reading for anyone other than histo...

    I found this book readable and informative. Because this a book by -good- amatter historians, the writing is essential stilted and more readablE, something like reading a well-written historical fiction book. ...

    The Medieval era covered such a large expanse of time and though the rate of change was slower, technology changed a lot. So it was sensible of the authors to focus on one particular year in one particular city to tell us about the medieval era. This focus does make the title a bit mis...

    Yet another element of the puzzle called Middle Ages is Life in a Medieval City, a book by historians Frances and Joseph Gies. The place is Troyes, the historical capital of Champagne, a region to the east of Paris. The year is 1250 when the county was ruled by Thibaut (Theobald) IV wh...

    This book was a very comprehensive and interesting exploration of Troyes (in France) during the year 1250 and a little before and after that year. City life was amazingly complicated and active at that time. Although the exact nature of materials and how work was done was very differen...

    Informative and interesting, nicely written and well documented--that's my description. This could have been a dry and lifeless book, but the Gies brothers have a knack for making the mundane come alive. The random reader will come across some terms that are unfamiliar, chasuble, comes...

    The best narrated historical non fiction book I?ve read. It was written from a detailed perspectives of each particular inhabitant of the city. In that way you learn about how it is to go to school in that time, how are stained glass windows created, how the store front look like and...

    With strident prose the author covers an amazing variety of small facts; the things most history books gloss right over but actually illuminate what life was like for many, and how the day to day worked while the "big history" was made elsewhere. The author makes a case study of Troyes...

    4 stars...no, the medieval times were not dominated by farming peasants with not an inkling of knowledge beyond that of their particular trade. The king did not have all the power and money to do as he wished. Banks existed, and they did not provide kings with all the money they could ...

    As another reviewer said: "a classic of social history." Fascinating look into the beginnings, evolution and state of cities in 1250 France, specifically Troyes. The detail- from aspects of cultural attitudes; the mechanics of the churches control over all aspects of society; married l...

    This is the best of the Gies books. It is completely researched and filled with information but not presented in a tedious manner allowing the reader to feel the sense of life in the 1200s. True, there is occasionally a bit too much detail on certain specific historical figures, bu...

    I picked this up when I saw it on Bookbub and for $2 it's a bargain. Here is an introduction to life in a medieval city, in particular the city of Troyes, France, in the mid thirteenth century. It's easy, engaging reading with each chapter focusing on a different aspect of life (busine...