This book contains a series of sketches that aim to illustrate various aspects of social life in the Middle Ages. This volume is highly recommended for those with an interest in European history. Contents include: "The Precursors", "Bodo, A Frankish Peasant In The Time Of Charlemagne", "Marco Polo, A Venetian Traveller Of The Thirteenth Century", "Madame Eglentyne, Chaucer's Prioress In Real Life", "The Mňagier's Wife, A Paris Housewife In The Fourteenth Century", "Thomas Betson, A Merchant Of The Staple In The Fifteenth Century", "Thomas Paycocke Of Coggeshall, An Essex Clothier In The Days Of Henry VII", "Notes And Sources", and "Notes On Illustrations". Many vintage books such as this were becoming increasingly rare and expensive. This volume is now republished in an available, modern, high-quality edition complete with a specially commissioned new introduction.