The second volume of "A History of Private Life" contains much rich and colourful detail culled from a considerable variety of sources. This "secret epic" aims to construct a vivid picture of peasant and patrician life in different places in the 11th to the 15th centuries.
Georges Duby, a member of the Academie Francaise, is Professor of Medieval History at the College de France. Arthur Goldhammer received the French-American Translation Prize in 1990 for his translation of A Critical Dictionary of the French Revolution.
Preface by Georges Duby 1. Introduction by Georges Duby Private Power, Public Power 2. Portraits by Georges Duby, Dominique Barthelemy, Charles de La Ronciere The Aristocratic Households of Feudal France Communal Living Kinship Tuscan Notables on the Eve of the Renaissance 3. Imagining the Self by Danielle Regnier-Bohler Exploring Literature 4. The Use of Private Space by Dominique Barthelemy, Philippe Contamine Civilizing the Fortress: Eleventh to Thirteenth Century Peasant Hearth to Papal Palace: The Fourteenth and Fifteenth Centuries 5. The Emergence of the Individual by Georges Duby, Philippe Braunstein Solitude: Eleventh to Thirteenth Century Toward Intimacy: The Fourteenth and Fifteenth Centuries Bibliography Credits Index
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