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An introduction to the buildings, homes, and other places used during the Middle Ages, including castle, court, forest, market, school, port, church, and more, discusses the role each place played in medieval life.
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A pair of books considering the Middle Ages via topical arrangement; the other, simultaneously published, is Medieval People. In both, the device is fairly effective in shedding light on what it was like to live in Western Europe between the fifth and fifteenth centuries. Introducing locales like ``The Field,'' ``The Road,'' ``The Parish Church,'' or ``The University'' with brief quotes from the period (mostly identified, e.g. as from Froissart, Chaucer, or ``a medieval writer''), Howarth covers each in just three pages, adequate to bring together some useful concepts about ``The Forest'' (the royal monopoly on game, forest law, poachers, Robin Hood) but less useful for those that have been treated in depth elsewhere (``The Castle''). The format is attractive, with well-chosen period illustrations, half in color. Many of the captions give time and place; others, like the text, perpetuate the erroneous impression that the entire millennium was dominated by a single well-ordered society. Also, some pictures are reproduced so small that the point is hard to discern--e.g., a tapestry meant to contrast the costumes of peasants and nobility. Overall: useful supplementary material in the standard British-import style, with plenty of facts and little interpretation or new insights; choppy but serviceable prose and interesting arrangement. Glossary; further reading (just eight other textbook-like books); index. (Nonfiction. 9-12) -- Copyright ©1991, Kirkus Associates, LP. All rights reserved.From School Library Journal:
Grade 4-6-- Numerous full-color reproductions of medieval art are the most attractive features of these books. Medieval People is divided into short chapters, each of which opens with a brief quote from a period writer such as Chaucer, and then proceeds to describe the typical responsibilities of individuals who held such positions as king, pope, chronicler, bishop, knight, monk, merchant, and even heretic. Because these descriptions are focused on generic types rather than real people, there is an impersonal tone that may diminish interest for casual readers. The Medieval Places described here aren't geographical, but that doesn't negate the need for a few maps. None are provided. Places where people worked, worshipped, or lived, such as the parish church, market, law courts, or castles, are described in short chapters that open with a quote from an unidentified writer of the time. These volumes provide straightforward information for reports, but there's nothing here that isn't duplicated in other books about Europe in the Middle Ages. Neither captures the excitement and color of the era. --David N. Pauli, Missoula Public Library, MT
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Book Description Millbrook Press, 1992. Library Binding. Condition: New. Seller Inventory # DADAX1562941526
Book Description Millbrook Press, 1992. Condition: New. book. Seller Inventory # M1562941526
Book Description Condition: New. New. Seller Inventory # STR-1562941526