A Rich Archive of Medieval Vignettes From Authentic Pages of History In this artful look back at the fascinating facets of medieval society, the realms and reveries of the Middle Ages unfold in more than 750 black-and-white illustrations. Crisp depictions of battling warriors, everyday business and industry, architectural motifs, religious and secular celebrations, calligraphy, beasts of myth and legend, and other elements of daily medieval life and beliefs abound. Masterfully reproduced from rare sources, these genuine images were created by artists throughout medieval Europe. Ideal for use in a broad spectrum of graphic and craft projects, this treasury of illustrations will also delight students and enthusiasts of history.
First published in 1876, Manners, Customs, and Dress during the Middle Ages and during the Renaissance Period offers a fascinating glimpse into the art and lifestyles of the people of the Middle Ages and Renaissance era. Complete with hundreds of illustrations from wooden engravings and more than a dozen replications of beautifully intricate chromolithographic prints, this resurrected classic is rich with history and retains its ancient appeal.
As articulated in the Preface: “Art must be the faithful expression of a society, since it represents it by its works as it has created them . . . But it must be acknowledged that art is only the consequence of the ideas which is expresses; it is the fruit of civilization, not its origin.” This exploration of a cultural movement and the arts and behaviors of its people extends through chapters on the condition of persons and lands; privileges and rights; food and cookery; games and pastimes; commerce; taxes, money, and finance; secret tribunals; punishments; costumes; and more. Within these pages, experience the social and artistic revolution born through the Renaissance and told by a renowned historian of the period.
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