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Title : The Yorkist Age: Daily Life During the Wars of the Roses
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ISBN : 9780141390857
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Number of Pages : 526 Pages
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The Yorkist Age: Daily Life During the Wars of the Roses Reviews

  • Norav
    2019-05-19 16:20

    Très très intéressant comme le livre du même auteur sur Richard III. On découvre un autre aspect de l'Angleterre pendant cette période.

  • Jamie Adair
    2019-05-19 13:19

    There are many books about daily life in the middle ages. However, they often cover a broad period (several centuries) in the middle ages and may cover continental kingdoms. Few, if any, focus so specifically on the social history of the Wars of the Roses.While if memory serves this book takes many examples from London, it also discusses examples from Bristol and other medieval English cities.The city of London played a decisive role in 1461 when Edward IV overthrew the Lancastrians. However, there are relatively few books that discuss London and the politics between the wealthy merchants, guilds, and mayor.Dating back to the middle ages, London has had a legally distinct status and level of autonomy, especially in regards to trade. This book indirectly alludes to the origins of this power.Kendall divided the book into three major sections: (1) The Mayor, (2) Other Important People, and (3) The Household.The Mayor includes: 1. The Mayor at Home - discusses the role of guilds on an everyday level2. The Mayor: Abroad3. Rebel Against the Mayor4. The Lord Mayor of London - discusses the socio-economic changes in London, how it drew the young/ambitiousOther Important People includes:5. The King and the Royal Household - the splendour of the court in detail amongst other topics6. Lords and Gentry7. Churchmen and the Church8. Merchants, Pirates, Aliens, and Lawyers - piracy was an important and underdiscussed issue affecting the wool trade and prosperity, in the 1460s and 70s. Kendall provides extensive detail about the everyday issues wool traders encountered and their role in England's economy. While Kendall doesn't appear to discuss the break with the Hanse around ~1468, this book would likely provide helpful background material. The Household includes: 9. The Fabric of Life - the material life (e.g., household good, tapestries, plates) of the middle and upper-middle classes10. The Marriage Hunt - a discussion of gentry marriages11. Wives12. ChildrenI strongly recommend this book for anyone who wants to understand how the middle ages felt if you weren't royalty. I also strongly recommend this book for historical novelists. I would not necessarily recommend this book for people looking to understand the political events in the Wars of the Roses - that isn't within the book's scope.This book provides more details about daily life than I've seen anywhere else. In fact, in many ways, this book is a towering achievement. Kendall bases a lot of it on the Paston letters, but appears to also use numerous other sources. The bibliography is a superior resource.I would have given this book five stars, but while it is an excellent resource, it isn't riveting. I think this may be because it doesn't have an overarching narrative and tends to have a fair number of disparate facts. Still, don't let that deter you from reading it because it still an illuminating read.Those interested in the city of London or the lives of the gentry, might also enjoy Desmond Seward's The Wars of the Roses: Through the Lives of Five Men and Women of the Fifteenth Century. The two books might be interesting to read one after the other.By Jamie Adair

  • Kara
    2019-04-28 12:12

    The book is just OK. It does have some interesting information in it, but its presented in a scattered fashion that made it hard to figure out what the narrative theme was.Also – way too much time spent discussing Henry VII, who was an age onto himself - he certainly wasn’t what anyone would call a part of the Yorkist era.

  • Joanna Clausen
    2019-05-21 08:14

    I've always liked history, especially learning about the daily lives of people during the Middle Ages through the Renaissance. I thought this book would be doubly interesting as I had discovered Lancastrians in the family tree through my Grandma Clauson's side. I figured I'd be able to take a side in the War of the Roses!Wouldn't you know it! After I had finished reading this book, I had a breakthrough in my genealogy research. While my great-grandfather's family were Lancasters, my great-grandmother's family were Yorks. So, of course, I had to go back through the book and reread the bits about my newfound relatives. Actually, they seem rather evil and extremely conniving on both sides. Not that it matters. Our family long ago passed the seven generations it takes a family to fall from royalty, wealth, and power to poverty and humiliation. This is a history text. It's dense with facts and broad in scope. Reading it was like being back in grad school, only I don't have to write a paper!

  • Ana T.
    2019-05-04 12:54

    My last review for the Medieval challenge is about a non fiction book and so naturally different from my other reviews.Paul Murray Kendall's The Yorkist Age is a very interesting book about the daily life during the Wars of The Roses - that is in fact its subtitle. I may not be the ideal book to read in one sitting but being filled with interesting historical facts, many of them quite fun, it is the ideal book to have at hand whenever you want to know more about this period. It's a valuable research tool but it's also something to savour now and then.The prologue is an introduction to the period and the main body of work is divided in three parts focusing on The Mayor (the municipality and its government), Other Important People (the different levels of society from the King to the merchants and pirates) and the Household (from estate management to marriage and the place of women and children in society. It ends with an epilogue devoted to the Wars of the Roses.Highly recommended to those who want to know more about the Yorkist Age.

  • Joy
    2019-05-20 09:57

    I don't usually read social history, but Kendall's biographies set in this time are all excellent. I thought it would be a good time to read it, since I just finished MARGARET OF YORK. Actually, this would have been a good foundation for MARGARET OF YORK.THE YORKIST AGE is insightful and well grounded. In addition to Kendall's lives of Richard III, Warwick the Kingmaker, and Louis XI, he could have written an extremely good life of Edward IV, but I suppose he said all he wanted to say about Edward here. His analyses cover Edward's policies of government, which were much more constructive than I had read before -- in spite of letting the Woodvilles run rough-shod over England.

  • Cynthia Haggard
    2019-05-07 09:54

    Paul Murray Kendall’s THE YORKIST AGE is an extremely well-researched book that involves a close reading of the Paston letters as well as wonderful nuggets about food, cleanliness, German traders and various festivals. However, it should be noted that it was first published in 1962, and so much of his incomparable scholarship has been superseded by fifty years of research on this period.However, if you want a vivid and readable account of England in the years between 1461 and 1485, this would be a good book to start with, before going on to read more modern treatments. Four stars.

  • Claudsies
    2019-05-20 08:19

    This book is not too bad. I'm glad to know more about Edward IV; however, I felt the author was a bit biased towards Edward and the Yorks in general. Or, perhaps it is that I'm biased towards the Lancasters. Great read if one is interested in this portion of English history.

  • Ellis Knox
    2019-05-22 09:21

    Really a fun read. Kendall has a number of books, all of them highly readable and at least reasonably solid historically.

  • Nell Corkin
    2019-05-06 10:05

    Some interesting tidbits, but nothing special.

  • Marie
    2019-04-30 10:07

    Great general background for a very specific time period. Just what I needed to research my latest novel!