342 s.,  p. of plates : col. ill., maps ; 25 cm
"A Touchstone book."
Originally published: London : Bodley Head, 2008
Includes bibliographical references and index
The landscape -- The people -- The medieval character -- Basic essentials -- What to wear -- Traveling -- Where to stay -- What to eat and drink -- Health and hygiene -- The law -- What to do
A time machine has just transported you back to the fourteenth century. What do you see? How do you dress? Where will you stay? How do you earn a living and how much are you paid? What sort of food will you be offered by a peasant or a monk or a lord? This is not your typical look at a historical period. This radical new approach shows us that the past is not just something to be studied; it is also something to be lived. All facets of the everyday lives of serf, merchant, and aristocrat in this fascinating period are revealed, from the horrors of the plague and war to the ridiculous excesses of roasted larks and medieval haute couture.--From publisher description