Title: A Fool and His Money: Life in a Partitioned ...
Publisher: Hill And Wang - Div Of FSG, New York
Publication Date: 1995
Book Condition: Very Good
Dust Jacket Condition: Fine
Edition: First Edition.
Marfree, acidfree 1st US Ed; not underlined, club, remainder or ex-library. New-- markedoff for enscription & wrinkled page. Mail SAMEDAY! ; 8.59 x 0.88 x 5.81; 243 pages; From Book News, Inc. When Gerald Canac found a pot of gold in a drainpipe and his father-in-law thinks he stole it, the controversy grows to engulf the whole small town of Rodez, now in southwest France, but at the time divided physically and legally between loyalty to the King of France and to the King of England, who were furiously pursuing the Hundred Years War. Medieval historian Wroe draws from primary documents from the town's archive, written in Latin or the Occitan dialect of the region. Copyright Book News, Inc. Jonathan Yardley, The Washington Post ""Singularly engaging and informative, interesting and instructive. [Wroe shows] a sensitive and knowledgeable understanding of the medieval world and those who lived in it . . . [She depicts] a snippet of ordinary life that is also, in miniature, a portrait of medieval society on a larger scale. "" johnstonrw~. Bookseller Inventory # 2536
Synopsis: We are in Rodez, a town in southwestern France, during the Hundred Years War. A pot of gold is found in a drain. Does it belong to the man who claims it or to his befuddled father-in-law? In a Fool and His Money, Ann Wroe unravels the mystery of the gold coins and reveals the rich and perplexing culture of a medieval city divided - as so many communities are today - into rival political units.
Review: "Ms. Wroe has unraveled a complicated civic mess, and recovered a number of violent or amusing episodes. She clearly enjoyed doing it, and shares her pleasure with the reader in accomplished prose."
Atlantic Monthly, December 1995
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