(Cavendish Square Publishing, Sept. 1, 2000)
The Middle Ages usually conjure up images of chivalrous knights, fair maidens, wandering minstrels and fairy-tale endings. Readers of all ages are enchanted by this period yet often overlook the everyday lives of the ordinary people of the time. This series examines not only great medieval castles, kings and ladies but also the story of the common working people of towns, villages and religious communities across Europe. Detailed portraits of four specific aspects of medieval life -- the countryside, the city, the castle and the church -- emerge through lively, entertaining text and an abundance of stunning historical art. From the great personalities of Eleanor of Aquitaine, Geoffrey Chaucer and King Arthur to farmers, servants, craftsmen and clerics, this series reveals real people who ruled, worked, created art and music, pursued dreams and coped with fear and danger. Informative sidebars woven through each title allow readers to discover the truth about women's roles and achievements, how medieval children had fun, some favorite recipes and a number of popular songs, stories and poems.