Daily Life in the Fourteenth Century

A few interesting books in the NU library

This list does not exhaust our good books on this subject.

Collis, Louise. Memoirs of a Medieval Woman: The life and times of Margery Kempe (New York: Harper & Row, 1964).

    Margery Kempe was a 15th century Englishwoman who got fed up with family life and went on pilgrimage to  Jerusalem. Later, she wrote a rather eccentric religious autobiography, The Book of Margery Kempe (now in  print from Penguin and also in the library). Collis has interpreted the work for modern readers.

Hanawalt, Barbara. The Ties that Bound: Peasant families in medieval England (Oxford: Oxford U.P., 1986).

    Hanawalt combines her own researches with that of others to present a very  colorful and sensible reconstruction of peasant family life in later medieval England.

Mertes, Kate. The English Noble Household 1250-1600: Good governance and politic rule (Oxford: Basil Blackwell,

     A very readable account of organization and membership of noble households, and their key economic and political role in society at large.

Posted October 19, 1999
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