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Marriage and the Family in the Middle Ages

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ISBN-10: 0060914688

ISBN-13: 9780060914684

Edition: 1987 (Reprint)

Authors: Frances Gies, Joseph Gies, Franc Gies

List price: $15.99
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A compelling, lucid, and highly readable chronicle of medieval life written by the authors of the bestselling Life in a Medieval Castle and Life in a Medieval City Historians have only recently awakened to the importance of the family, the basic social unit throughout human history. This book traces the development of marriage and the family from the Middle Ages to the early modern era. It describes how the Roman and barbarian cultural streams merged under the influence of the Christian church to forge new concepts, customs, laws, and practices. Century by century it follows the development -- sometimes gradual, at other times revolutionary -- of significant elements in the history of the…    
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Book details

List price: $15.99
Copyright year: 1987
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 12/14/1988
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 384
Size: 5.25" wide x 8.00" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 0.638
Language: English

Frances and Joseph Gies have been writing books about medieval history for thirty years. Together and separately, they are the authors of more than twenty books, including Life in a Medieval City, Life in a Medieval Castle, Life in a Medieval Village, The Knight in History, and Cathedral, Forge, and Waterwheel. They live near Ann Arbor, Michigan.

Joseph Gies was born on October 8, 1916 in Ann Arbor, Mich and attended the University of Michigan and Columbia University. He held jobs with several publishers including Encyclopaedia Britannica, and was editor-in-chief for a division of Doubleday. Gies is best known for several books, such as Life in a Medieval Castle, Life in a Medieval City, and Life in a Medieval Village. These books, written with his wife Frances Carney, explore existence in Medieval times. The works, and his others, are noted for their highly readable, but thorough quality. Topics such as archaeology, government, dining, entertainment, and daily life are presented in fascinating detail.

Origins
Historians Discover the Family
Roots: Roman, German, Christian
The Early Middle Ages
The European Family: 500-700
The Carolingian Age
Anglo-Saxon England
Marriage and the Family in the Year 1000
The High Middle Ages
The Family Revolution of the Eleventh Century
The Twelfth Century: New Family Models
Peasants Before the Black Death: 1200-1347
The Aristocratic Lineage: Perils of Primogeniture
Children in the High Middle Ages
Marriage and the Family in the Year 1300
The Late Middle Ages
The Impact of the Black Death
The Late Medieval Peasant Family: 1350-1500
A Family of the English Landed Gentry
A Merchant's Family in Fifteenth-Century Florence
Marriage and the Family After the Black Death
The End of the Middle Ages
Legacy
Notes
Bibliography
Index