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3.0 out of 5 stars Liked the book, however..., October 15, 2010
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This review is from: Life in a Medieval City (Medieval Life) (Paperback)
Up front, I liked the book and enjoyed reading it in two short evenings. However, I was missing a lot of details. What were people doing in winter, summer and inbetween, any differences in lifestyle during the seasons (which is obvious for a farmer, but in the city?)? What were they doing during the numerous holidays ? What did they know about "the world" ? How big were the families ? I could ask many more questions that are not answered in the book. Also most chapters describe the life of the well-to-do , rich "burghers". Even if I understand that the documentation of the life of "upper class" is well better than that of the poor, still I would be interested in how the paupers lived and survived (they are mentioned often when they are begging at weddings/festivities/markets etc). Also there is not much information on the vast majority of the population: the people that are not rich and not poor but getting by just fine. In my opinion, the book could have been much better than it already is.
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Initial post: Feb 25, 2012 1:07:49 PM PST
Last edited by the author on Feb 25, 2012 1:08:35 PM PST
a customer says:
The "vast majority" of persons living in a medieval city would not be "getting by just fine" (sic). In the pre-industrial economy almost everyone lived on the margin of subsistence.

Norman Pounds' book on the medieval city will answer some of the questions you pose here.

In reply to an earlier post on Mar 12, 2012 8:06:32 AM PDT
M. Pagels says:
Nashvilleguy, thanks for your comment. This should be mentioned in the book, but it isn't which confirms my point that there are too many details missing. I will check out the book you recommended.
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