London: The Folio Society, 2001. Third Printing. Hardcover in a Slipcase.
The boards are decorated with twelve medieval engravings, each with a gold background and a single person portrayed; six on each side taken from a thirteen century Flemish Psalter; each shows the occupation of a given month. 9.25 inches tall; xix, 253 pages with Chapter Notes, Sources and Index. 25 full-color illustrations. Typeset in Monotype Centaur at The Folio Society. Printed on Balmoral Wove paper at The Bath Press, Bath with a solid blue slipcase. Introduction by Emmanuel Le Roy Ladurie.
No Flaws or Blemishes but minimal handling to the slipcase; The slipcase has one minor rub. The book is unflawed and appears unread or opened. Still Gift Quality.
Fine / Fine. Item #17154
Largely untouched by fame (with the exception of Marco Polo), the lives and activities of these common people offer a unique glimpse of various aspects of the medieval world — peasant life, monastic life, the wool trade, Venetian trade with the East, domestic life in a middleclass home, and more. Enlivened with charming illustrations and touches of humor, this scholarly, yet highly readable work "possesses a color, a dramatic touch that humanizes the dry bones of charters and documents." — New York Tribune .
In this classic of social history, noted medieval scholar Eileen Power recreates the lives of six ordinary people who lived during the Middle Ages. Drawing upon account books, diaries, letters, records, wills, and other authentic historical documents, she brings to vivid life Bodo, a Frankish peasant in the time of Charlemagne; Marco Polo, the well-known Venetian traveler of the 13th century; Madame Eglentyne, Chaucer's prioress in real life; a Parisian housewife of the 14th century; Thomas Betson, a 15th-century English merchant; and Thomas Paycocke of Coggeshall, an Essex clothier in the days of Henry VII.