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Life in a Medieval Castle

Joseph Gies Frances Gies



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Harper Collins
01 December 2015
Castles & fortifications; History; European history; Medieval history; Social & cultural history
From acclaimed historians Frances and Joseph Gies comes the reissue of this definitive classic on medieval castles, which was a source for George R.R. Martin's Game of Thrones series. A widely respected academic work and a source for George R.R. Martin's Game of Thrones, Joseph and Frances Gies's bestselling Life in a Medieval Castle remains a timeless work of popular medieval scholarship. Focusing on Chepstow, an English castle that survived the turbulent Middle Ages with a relative lack of violence, the book offers an exquisite portrait of what day-to-day life was actually like during the era, and of the key role the castle played. The Gieses take us through the full cycle of a medieval year, dictated by the rhythms of the harvest. We learn what lords and serfs alike would have worn, eaten, and done for leisure, and of the outside threats the castle always hoped to keep at bay. For medieval buffs and anyone who wants to learn more about this fascinating era, Life in a Medieval Castle is as timely today as when it was first published.
By:   Joseph Gies, Frances Gies
Imprint:   Harper Collins
Country of Publication:   United States
Dimensions:   Height: 203mm,  Width: 135mm,  Spine: 17mm
Weight:   236g
ISBN:   9780062414793
ISBN 10:   0062414798
Series:   Medieval Life
Pages:   304
Publication Date:   01 December 2015
Audience:   General/trade ,  ELT Advanced
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active

Joseph (1916-2006) and Frances (1915-2013) Gies were the world's bestselling historians of medieval Europe. Together and separately, they wrote more than twenty books, which col-lectively have sold more than a million copies. They lived in Michigan.

Reviews for Life in a Medieval Castle

The authors allow medieval man and woman to speak for themselves through selections from past journals, songs, even account books. --Time The Gieses succeed in making a remote and unfamiliar world accessible. --Kirkus Reviews

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