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Daily Life in the World of Charlemagne
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Daily Life in the World of Charlemagne

Pierre Riché. Edited and translated by Jo Ann McNamara

352 pages | 6 x 9
Paper 1988 | ISBN 9780812210965 | $29.95s | Outside the Americas £22.99
A volume in the Middle Ages Series

Where else . . . can one learn about Carolingian furniture, medicine, dieting, birth control, astrology, . . . drinking habits, or hygiene? A fine introduction to early medieval Europe."—International Historical Studies

"The book reflects the breadth and comprehensiveness of Riché's rich knowledge of intellectual and cultural life in the Carolingian period, and McNamara's translation retains the lucid beauty of Riché's prose."—Choice

In the growth of towns and the revival of commerce, historians have seen the development of a bourgeois and capitalist Europe, but Pierre Riché reminds us that Carolingians saw a world of forest and wasteland, in which scattered castles and villages were outposts against the savagery of nature, bands of outlaws, and a myriad of pagan superstitions. Daily Life in the World of Charlemagne gives us a vivid and deeply textured picture of the fear and insecurity that drove people, great and humble alike, to draw together with one another, with their stronger neighbors, and with God and His saints, in search of protection and sustenance.

Riché makes extensive use of modern social history techniques and the tools of new studies on nutrition, disease, demography, and climatology, as well as art history and archaeology, to comprehend the Carolingian mentality and reconstruct the material culture of the early European world.

Pierre Riché is Professor Emeritus of Medieval History at the University of Paris X (Nanterre) and Former Director of the Center for Research in Late Antiquity and the High Middle Ages. He is the author of The Carolingians: A Family Who Forged Europe, also available from the University of Pennsylvania Press.

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