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This is an auction for MEDIEVAL PEOPLE by Eileen Power.

This is a Folio Society book in new condition, in its original slipcase. review:

"Eileen Power's Medieval People sets out to study the Middle Ages not as an historical abstraction but rather as an account of six individuals who lived during the Middle Ages:

* a Frankish peasant

* Marco Polo, the Venetian merchant

* Madame Eglentyne, the prioress of Chaucer

* a middle-class Parisian housewife

* and two English merchants, one engaged in the wool trade and the other a clothier

"The author has illustrated various aspects of social life of the era by drawing on such sources as account books, diaries, letters, records, and wills. She starts by imagining a day in the life of the Peasant Bodo, in the time of Charlemagne. From there, she goes on to the better documented life of Marco Polo, describing how he served as an inspiration for Columbus. Madam Eglentyne is next. Here, Power humorously details the inner workings of a gossipy nunnery and how Eglentyne would have gone about her life as an aristocratic woman of God. She next details the life of a middle class Parisian housewife and then concludes by detailing the lives of the two merchants, a study which provides a chance for Power to really show off her grasp of medieval economics, as well as her ability to compile disparate correspondences into the story of a life. This is a scholarly work that truly entertains. One of the best books I've ever read."

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Folio Society hardback 1999.

253 pages + illustrations.

Both the book and its slip case are in as new condition.

837 pages.

Very good condition.

The cost of shipping is $6.95. If you are on rural delivery the shipping cost will be $9.95.

There is of course no charge for shipping if you collect this book from my shop in Palmerston North following the auction.

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  • Seller location: Palmerston North, Manawatu, NZ

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