Those Who Worked: An Anthology of Medieval Sources

Those Who Worked: An Anthology of Medieval Sources

Those Who Worked: An Anthology of Medieval Sources

Those Who Worked: An Anthology of Medieval Sources

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My anthology of Medieval sources is to consist of three volumes, of which this is the second. Almost everything in the preface of the first volume, Those Who Fought, applies here, so there is little point in repeating it. Since this volume treats a subject matter whose vocabulary is no longer current for most readers, I have added one feature not present in the first volume: a glossary of terms. The reader will find this at the end of the volume, just before the bibliography. Along the same lines, I have also "translated" many passages from the Middle English into contemporary English. While specialists may insist upon the purity of this very impure English, I have opted for intelligibility as the surest way to introduce many readers to this material for the first time.

I would like to say once again how pleased I am to write for the people of the United States, since I greatly admire your country. However, I am sure you will agree that one thing missing from it is any considerable feeling of a remote past, which seems strange to us on this side of the Atlantic, because we have reminders of the Middle Ages in nearly all our towns and villages. However, our medieval heritage is also your own, as you recognize by coming to Europe in your tens of thousands every year. Though no substitute for a visit, I hope, none the less, that this anthology will help increase your understanding of our common past.

ACKNOWLEDGMENTS

THE AUTHOR AND PUBLISHERS are grateful to the following for permission to reproduce copyrighted material. Numbers refer to readings: AMS Press, The Laws of the Salian and Riparian Franks, translated byTheodore John Rivers, 1986: 141-144; Cambridge University Press, Social Life in England from the Conquest to the Reformation . . .

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