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A History of Private Life, Volume II: Revelations of the Medieval World

A History of Private Life, Volume II: Revelations of the Medieval World

Edited by Georges Duby
Translated by Arthur Goldhammer

ISBN 9780674400016

Publication date: 03/15/1993

The second volume of A History of Private Life is a treasure-trove of rich and colorful detail culled from an astounding variety of sources. This absorbing “secret epic” constructs a vivid picture of peasant and patrician life in the eleventh to fifteenth centuries.

Praise

  • What gives the volume its unity is not so much a rigorous definition of the subject, private life, as a consistency of concentration on a series of very interesting, interrelated themes: living space, and the degree of privacy that it can afford; family relationships, with special references to the nuclear group that centers around a single married couple; relations between the sexes (both amorous and domestic); attitudes toward the body and nudity; the sense of individuality and self-perception… This volume offers a very full, richly variegated picture of the life, in different places and at different periods, of the Middle Ages. It has lavish and well-chosen illustrations to match the text.

    —Maurice Keen, New York Review of Books

Authors

  • Georges Duby, a member of the Académie Française, is Professor of Medieval History at the Collège de France.
  • Georges Duby, a member of the Académie Française, is Professor of Medieval History at the Collège de France.

Book Details

  • 688 pages
  • 7 x 9 inches
  • Belknap Press
  • Series edited by Phillippe Ariès and Georges Duby

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