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26 of 27 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An intriguing book about life in the middle-ages., 17 Jan 1998
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I read this book out of curiosity and I am glad I picked it up. The book's description of Troyes is quite detailed, complete and at times truly engrossing. The authors cover most aspects of life in the middle-ages and provide some insight in the developments during that time, as well as their significance (although this isn't the book to read if you are mostly interested in detaileed, scholarly historical analyses of the time). To sum up, a very pleasant book to read, full of interesting information about everyday life in another era. Recommended!
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24 of 25 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars wonderfully narrated and detailed, 26 Mar 1997
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Believe me, for all you medieval buffs, this is the book to get. Even for those of you who aren't medieval aficionados, this book will be exciting and captivating. The authors get you right in there with medieval life in a bustling city, namely Troyes, capital of Champaign. From government, to defense, and cathedral building, the authors cover a wide range of topics. Read this book!
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32 of 34 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Best on subject., 16 May 1999
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I have been researching the Middle Ages for a number of years and this is one of the most even -handed books I have come across. The authors are researchers par excellence, and have presented their findings in an imminently readable form. If I were not already a student of the Middle Ages, however, I might have found the wealth of detail somewhat overwhelming and some of the terms and references obscure. This is a book for people who really want to know.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Interesting and detailed, 30 July 2010
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A good overview of medieval life, divided into chapters on different aspects. However, take the details with caution, as they are focussed on one city in particular - the trading town of Troyes in France, so details on marriage ceremonies, legal and government structures and trading styles may not apply to Britain. That said, it is an interesting read, with short chapters that sometimes drop you into the world with stories or a script.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars, 2 July 2014
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Brilliant book, arrived quickly and reasonable costs.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Interesting, 22 Feb 2014
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If you're interested in the history of 'daily life' rather than grand armies and international disputes, this book will probably interest you.
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10 of 14 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A good overview., 9 May 1999
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Required to read this for a class, I found the book a great overview of life in a Medievil City. The chapters devoted to various subjects make it a good reference book. The writing style is light yet presents the indepth information.
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