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OK, 1000 to 1300 ~.
A History of the Modern World - Volume 2 - Page 22
Robert Roswell Palmer, ?Joel G. Colton - 1994 - ?Snippet view - ?More
"The people of the High Middle Ages did not develop the conception of
progress, because their minds were set upon timeless values and personal
salvation in another world, but the period was nevertheless one of rapid
progress in ..."
And that is why they needed the Renaissance, the Voyages of Discovery,
Martin Luther, the Protestant Reformation, Calvinism, the Protestant
Work Ethic, Capitalism, increased trade, and corporations.
Otherwise they were mostly content to sit on the dirt floors of
their small one room huts, listening to their stomachs growl with
hunger, while wishing towards a better afterlife.
There you go 5gs, is that what you wanted?
I don't totally agree with this, but it is right enough. But we
should note that in China, India, Africa, etc., there never was
a concept of "progress" until the idea was introduced to them by
This is an aspect of what I sometimes call the "European Miracle"
where a mostly insignificant backwater in world technology and
history suddenly, at the end of the medieval period, went out and
discovered (and colonized) the rest of the world.
Thank you, Mr. Gans.
Last month I got 3 more medieval books.
One is "Life in a Medieval Village" by Frances &
Joseph Gies (Authors).
It seemed fairly well regarded.
"The works by Gies and Gies are respected amongst historians
and archeologists, and are on the recommended reading lists
of a number of universities."
Do you have any knowledge, or opinions on it?
I am especially interested if you have doubts about
what they say about the housing, or the diets.
Here is a professional review of that book:
Nonfiction in Brief
LIFE IN A MEDIEVAL VILLAGE by Frances and Joseph Gies (Harper & Row:
$22.95; 257 pp.)
In this latest installment of the Gies' study of medieval life (their
previous books include "Life in a Medieval Castle" and "Life in a
Medieval City"), the couple focuses on the English village of Elton.
Using histories, material from archives and recent excavations at the
town 70 miles outside of London, they piece together an account of daily
life as it was experienced by a 13th-Century peasant.
Their extremely detailed research takes up in turn food, clothing, farm
tools, marriage customs, prayer, games--in short, all conceivable
threads in the fabric of village life. One stereotype the authors seek
to explode for the lay reader is that an agricultural society is simple.
An extremely complex system of social obligations and legal
entanglements held every man, woman and child in its web, from lord to
the lowest serf.
The simple and logical organization of the material--together with the
lively illustrations taken from manuscript illumination, woodcuts,
tapestry--makes "Life in a Medieval Village" a good general introduction
to the history of this period; unfortunately, the Gies' style is a
little too dry to recommend to teen-agers, who would be an ideal audience.
And here are two reader reviews
4 of 5
By --- on April 2, 2012
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
"Life in a Medieval Village" offers a tour through basic areas of
academic interest relating to English medieval village life,
particularly in the 1200s, including but by no means limited to farming
methods, the manorial justice system, and the physical structure of
houses. As a point of reference, it primarily focuses on one particular
village--one that today is all but completely vanished, as is sadly the
case with so much from the middle ages. Throughout the text, the authors
offer aexamples translated from various types of records of the era,
too, to illustrate their points. These add another dimension--a human
dimension--to the broader historical details being offered. I learned
new things reading this book. For instance, that there was often a
single communal bakery in a village for the baking of bread. It is not
an exuberant popular history, but there is a charm about this book and
the authors' style. The authors clearly love learning about the middle
ages and desire others to share in their enjoyment. That generosity of
spirit and intent seeps through to the reader.
5.0 out of 5 stars
Fascinating and good for world-building
ByJen G.on May 28, 2017 Format: Kindle Edition
If you're interested in learning more about day-to-day life in the
Middle Ages, this is the book for you. It's written in an engaging
manner and provides tons of well-researched details. This is a great
book for history buffs, but also for anyone interested in
world-building, be it for a novel or for a role playing game, like D&D.
If you enjoy the non-plot-related details in Game of Thrones, you will
like this book.