Devastating famine, war, & the mysterious horror of the Black Death rocked Europe during the 14th century. Some even thought the end of the world was at hand. Yet, amidst all the dangers, Europes young towns continued to grow & to shape the world. This Living History book covers such topics as farming; the growth of towns; a 14th-century street; inside a merchants house; the Catholic Church, saints & Holy Day parades; markets, merchants, & craftspeople; guilds & apprenticeship; schools & universities; the plague & its results; war & the town; the Lollard Movement; & the rich, the poor, & rebellions. Striking photos. Juvenile audience.
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Although I found Fourteenth-Century Towns a little darker and grittier than some portrayals of the fourteenth century that I've read, I appreciated seeing the time period through the lens of a medieval town. Rather than focusing on lords and ladies, knights and castles, John D. Clare elaborates on merchants and trade, city walls and baths, and the impact of plague and war and religion on towns and townsfolk across Europe. Accompanying the text are several large, full-color photographed reenactments of the time, and a section at the end of the book details primary sources and the role of the historian in reconstructing the fourteenth century, which might be especially interesting for any historians-to-be.