Voices of Medieval England, Scotland, Ireland, and Wales: Contemporary Accounts of Daily Life, 1st Edition

  • Linda E. Mitchell
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  • ISBN-10: 161069788X
  • ISBN-13: 9781610697880
  • DDC: 941.03
  • Grade Level Range: 9th Grade - College Senior
  • 208 Pages | eBook
  • Original Copyright 2016 | Published/Released December 2016
  • This publication's content originally published in print form: 2016

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This book provides a broad selection of primary documents that are appropriate in level and content for a variety of readers. It includes dozens of primary document excerpts that illustrate important elements of daily life during the medieval period. Each document is accompanied by an introduction that supplies relevant historical background, context points to help readers evaluate the document, a description of the results and consequences of the document, and a "Further Information" section listing important print and electronic resources as well as any relevant films or television programs.

Table of Contents

Front Cover.
Half Title Page.
Other Frontmatter.
Title Page.
Copyright Page.
Evaluating and Interpreting Primary Documents.
Chronology of British History, 500–1500.
Domestic Life and the Medieval Household.
1: Anglo-Saxon Wills.
2: Account Rolls and Domestic Activity.
3: Information on Domestic Life from Coroners’ Rolls.
4: Household Goods Described in Later Medieval Wills.
5: Medieval Cookery.
6: Medieval Medical Care.
7: Welsh Hospitality (Twelfth Century).
Education and Professional Training.
8: The Education of an Anglo-Saxon Prince: Asser, Life of Alfred (Ca. 890).
9: The Education of a Scottish Monk: The Life of St. Kentigern (Fl. Late Sixth Century).
10: The Education of a Knight: William Marshal (Ca. 1144–1219).
11: Learning to Manage Estates and Manors: The “Rules of Saint Robert”.
12: Educating the Gentry and the Urban Elites.
Economic Life.
13: An Anglo-Saxon Marriage Contract.
14: Early Accounting Methods in the Twelfth Century: The Pipe Rolls.
15: Finances and the Jews of England.
16: Doing Business and Regulating Trade in the City of London.
Religious Life and Religious Conflict.
17: Tithing in Early Medieval Ireland (Ca. 750).
18: Monastic Grant of King Cnut (Before 1035).
19: Lay Patronage: Founding Monastic Houses (1204).
20: Conflict in Medieval Ireland: The Cistercians in the Thirteenth Century.
21: Christians and Jews in Medieval England: Growing Conflict.
22: Christian Orthodoxy, Christian Heresy: Responses to “Lollardy” in the Fifteenth Century.
Politics, Law, and Administration.
23: Adjudication of Disputes and Other Aspects of Anglo-Saxon Law (Eleventh Century).
24: Two Royal Images: King William Ii “Rufus” of England and King Malcolm Iii “Canmore” of Scotland.
25: Charters of Liberties Before Magna Carta: King John and the Jews (1201).
26: Reforming the Kingdom in the Thirteenth Century: the Parliament of Oxford (1258).
27: Anglo-Irish Relations in the Fourteenth Century: The Remonstrance of the Irish Chiefs Against English Rule to Pope John XXII (1317).
28: Anglo-Irish Diplomacy in Aid of Irish Tenants (1319).
29: Anglo-Scottish Relations in the Fourteenth Century: The Declaration of Arbroath (1320).
30: King Robert Bruce and Diplomacy in Scotland (1321).
Warfare, Conquest, and Diplomacy.
31: King Alfred, War, and Diplomacy (Ninth Century).
32: King Athelstan and the Battle of Brunanburh (937).
33: Two Views of the Battle of Hastings (1066).
34: The Competing Reigns of King Stephen and Empress Matilda and the Siege of Newbury (1153).
35: Conflict and Consolidation in Scotland (Twelfth Century).
36: King Edward of England and Prince Llywelyn Ap Gruffudd of North Wales (1275–1278).
37: Edward I in Scotland, Prisoners of War, and the Countess of Buchan (1306).
Crime, Disorder, and Deviance.
38: Crime and Violence in Early and Later Medieval Scotland (Eighth and Thirteenth Centuries).
39: The Development of English Courts of Law in the Thirteenth Century: Courts in Eyre and Local Complaints (1256).
40: Conflicts Between and Among Welsh and English After the Edwardian Conquest: The Welsh Assize Roll, 1277–1284.
41: Examples of Crimes Prosecuted in Local Courts: Gaol Delivery Rolls (Fourteenth Century).
42: Death and Misadventure: Examples from the Coroners’ Rolls (Fourteenth Century).
43: Chronicles of the Great Rising of 1381.
Popular Culture and Literature.
44: The Irish Claim Earliest Christian Adherence: The Death of Conchobhar (Early Ninth Century).
45: Nationalism and Ancient Tales of Heroism in Ireland.
46: Strange Tales About the Welsh (Twelfth Century).
47: Attitudes in Popular Culture About the Sexes and Marriage (Fourteenth Century).
48: Welsh Entertainers, Welsh and English Audiences (Fourteenth to Fifteenth Centuries).
49: Theatrical Drama for a Christian Audience: The Play of Noah (Fifteenth Century).
50: Pessimism in an Age of Anxiety: The Wars of the Roses.
Appendix 1: Biographical Sketches of Important Individuals Mentioned in the Text.
Appendix 2: Glossary of Terms Mentioned in the Text.
About the Editor.