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A Fool and His Money: Life in a Partitioned Town in Fourteenth-Century France

Wroe, Ann

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ISBN 10: 0809045958 / ISBN 13: 9780809045952
Published by Hill And Wang - Div Of FSG, New York, 1995
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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

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Title: A Fool and His Money: Life in a Partitioned ...

Publisher: Hill And Wang - Div Of FSG, New York

Publication Date: 1995

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition:Very Good

Dust Jacket Condition: Fine

Edition: First Edition.

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Ann Wroe brings to life a rich and perplexing culture of a city physically divided-as so many communities are today-by political factions in this skillful re-creation of fourteenth-century Rodez. Notes, bibliography.

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A pot of gold is found in a drain in a town in southwestern France during the Hundred Years War. Does the money belong to the man who claims it, or to his befuddled father-in-law? The case of the missing coins allows Ann Wroe to investigate in detail, and through particular people, what life was like in a fourteenth-century community that was physically partitioned (as so many are today) between rival political factions. The people in her story must deal with everyday problems of competence and conscience, and they do so humorously and poignantly against a background of mutual prejudice, threatening authorities, and war.

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