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Chaucer's People: Everyday Lives in Medieval England

Liza Picard.
Item #: D11937
Format: Hardcover
Pages/Publication Date: 368 / 2019
Publisher: W.W. Norton
ISBN: 9781324002291
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Among the surviving records of 14th-century England, Geoffrey Chaucer's poetry is the most vivid. Chaucer wrote about everyday people outside the walls of the English court—men and women who spent days at the pedal of a loom, maintaining the ledgers of an estate, or on the high seas. Liza Picard transforms The Canterbury Tales into a detailed tour of medieval England, from the mills and farms of a manor house to the lending houses and Inns of Court in London. What can the Miller tell us about farming in 14th-century England? What do we learn of medieval diets from the Cook? With boundless curiosity and wit, Picard re-creates the religious, political, and financial institutions and customs that gave order to these lives.


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