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Chapter Seven: Leisure, Recreation, and Daily Life

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Farmers and Peasants: Building Peasant Communities 250

Farmers and Peasants: Food and the Harvest 253

An Oxberd’s Job 254

Farmers and Peasants’ Clothes and Hygiene 256

Farmers and Peasants’ Household Goods 258

Farmers and Peasants’ Village Fights and Festivals 260

Sunday Chores 260

Lords and Ladies: Building Castles 261

A Medieval Castle 261

Lords and Ladies: Castle Furnishings and Management 264

Managing a Lordship 264

A Steward in Action 267

Lords and Ladies: Castles under Siege 267

Lords and Ladies: Court Culture and Fashion 268

Lords and Ladies: Kitchens for Castles 270

Thirteenth-Century Table Manners 270

Lords and Ladies: Military Training 273

The Physical Abilities of a Knight 275

Lords and Ladies’ Recreation 276

Monasteries 277

How the Sisters Are to Sleep. 278

Monastery Religious Offices and Work 280

Equipping a Goldsmith’s Shop 281

Monastic Lifestyles 283

Monastic Sign Language 284

Urban Churches 286

Contract for a painting 286

Urban Fortifications and Public Places 288

Paving Paris Streets 289

Urban Living: Burghers 292

Urban Living: Craftsmen and Tradesmen 294

Regulations fir Paris Bakers 295

Urban Living: Recreation and Riot 297

War Games in Italy 297

Urban Living: Those on the Margins 299


Hildegard of Bingen 301

Jocelin of Brakelond 302

Villard de Honnecourt 302


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