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Various Aspects of Medieval Life

These sites look at a variety of topics concerning Daily Life in the Middle Ages, including horses, jesters, life in a castle, the manor, exemplia, and more.

Slavery in the Middle Ages.

Antique Pieces
Three photographs of medieval artifacts display dozens of buckles, a knife and fork, and spurs. Provided by Wade Allen.

Do Exempla Illustrate Everyday Life?
Dense treatise by Mark D. Johnston explores the question, examining the literary genre and possible external influences in taking passages from exempla as evidence.

Jacques de Vitry: Life of the Students at Paris
A contemporary opinion on the evil behavior of raucous students at University, at Paul Halsall's Medieval Sourcebook.

The Legacy of the Horse
Nicely illustrated examination of the place of horses in human history, at the International Museum of the Horse. Includes sections on the Medieval Horse and The Renaissance: c. 14th – c. 1650 Centuries.

Life in a Medieval Castle
Useful information on the accomodations found in the castle, taken largely from Life in a Medieval Castle by Joseph and Frances Gies, at Jeffrey Thomas' Castles of Wales site.

Manorial Language
Useful glossary of terms relating to medieval manorial life, provided by T. J. Ray.

The Medieval Manor
A brief overview of the workings of a manorial estate and the importance of agriculture in feudal society by Professor Gerhard Rempel, Western New England College.

Paston letters and papers of the fifteenth century
Collection of documents from the Paston family, online at the Electronic Text Center, University of Virginia Library.

So What is a Tsuba?
Very interesting article by Kim Allen on the sword guard for the Japanese katana and tachi, the creation of which evolved into an art form of its own.

Tales of the Middle Ages: Daily Life
Three concise essays on hygiene and cosmetic care in medieval times, by James L. Matterer.

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