Middle Ages Zoomed In

Oleg Voskoboynikov
240 pages;
full color insert;
2020;

«Unlike his predecessors, Oleg Voskoboynikov focuses not on visual images but on the people of this era: his book is first and foremost an immersion into the daily life of Europe in the V–XV centuries. Marriage and family life in different classes of society, religion in the life of laypeople and clergy, attitude to authorities, everyday life and ownership — all these issues are described by Voskoboynikov seemingly too simplistically, yet behind this simplicity the reader can see the colossal experience of the author as a researcher and professor.»

Galina Yuzefovich, literary critic

This book will allow you to look at the world through the eyes of someone living in the Middle Ages, and discover for yourself a radically new perception of life, God, war, and time. The story is told in simple and understandable language. This is not the linear historical narrative to which we have become accustomed; instead, it provides the reader with an opportunity to look at the era through different lenses and to see how simple daily routines can have a bearing on history.

The book has been split into several chapters, each of which briefly describes one aspect or another of life in the Middle Ages, including:

  • family, relatives, getting married;
  • daily routines, perception of time, work;
  • relationship with the authorities, classes in society;
  • laws and the court system;
  • fighting wars, reasons for wars;
  • courtly love;
  • chivalry;
  • differences between urban and rural life, city life, perception of cities;
  • religion, attitude to God and heresy;

Oleg Voskoboynikov is a specialist in medieval history, translator, doctor of history, full professor at the National Research University Higher School of Economics (HSE). He holds a PhD from the Ecole des hautes études en sciences sociales (Paris).Oleg has extensive international academic experience holding positions and doing research projects at EHESS, Ecole pratique des hautes études, Warburg Institute (London), Institute for Advanced Study (Princeton), and the former Max Planck Institute für Geschichte (Göttingen). He was sometimes invited for special lectures at the universities of Warsaw, Louvain-la-Neuve, Cologne, Frankfurt, Lausanne, Florence etc.

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