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Greetings all! I would just like to recommend a book to anyone interested.
Le Goff, Jacques, ed. . _Medieval Callings_. 1987. Trans. Lydia G.
Cochrane. Chicago. University of Chicago Press, 1996.
This is a collection of very dense, very scholarly essays on different
aspects of medieval life and thought patterns. Most of it was originally
written in various European languages by specialists in Medieval
studies. You know the standard view most people have that the world was
stagnant for a thousand years during the Middle Ages, then came the
Rennasiance and everything changed, and now we have modenity? Well, if
you can make it through this book you will be totally inoculated from
that idea. The essays include:
Introduction: Medieval Man (one introduction well worth reading)
The Warrior and the Knight
The Peasant and Agriculture
The City-Dweller and Life in Cities and Towns
Women and the Family
The Marginal Man
The ISBN number is 0-226-47086-5, and you should be able to find it in