We think of history as the story of kings and emperors, great wars and revolutions, momentous events and great discoveries, and, according to Edward Gibbon, the “misfortunes of mankind”. But history is more. Its story includes the poetry, the music, the art, and the daily lives of times before. In this SDG we will consider the precarious existence that people endured in 14th century England--the foods they ate, their dress, their shelter. How widely was education available? Did people travel? What about wild wolves? How did they handle sickness? Why did almost half the children fail to survive to adulthood? Away from the kings and the lords, how were they governed?
We will look at these and other daily issues of this tumultuous period. Everything from the foods they ate to the smells on the street (not all good), to their sexual activity. The core book is by Ian Mortimer, a prize- winning author and historian. The book presents a different approach to history and is truly a travel guide to a far-away time. Additional sources, listed below, help tell the story.
A pre-meeting will be held Tuesday, August 8, 2017 at 10:00 AM
Members will choose the topic and their week of presentation at the pre-meeting.
Introduction. The Landscape
The Medieval Character
What to Wear
Where to Stay
What to Eat and Drink
Health and Hygiene
The Black Death
What to Do
Religion, the Monasteries and the Church
The Economy, Taxation and the Guilds
The Time Travelers Guide to Medieval England: A Handbook for Visitors
To the Fourteenth Century by Ian Mortimer
The Oxford History of England: The Fourteenth Century, 1307-1399 by
The Medieval Underworld by Andrew McCall
A Distant Mirror by Barbara Tuchman