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Old 03-25-2005, 03:38 PM   #16
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My favorite medieval history book is Jacques Le Goff's "Medieval Civilization". Also good are "Growing Up in Medieval London" by Barbara Hanawalt, "Medieval Lives" by Norman Cantor, and anything by Marc Bloch, maybe the finest medievalist ever, who was criminally executed by the Nazis for being a Jew. To me, anyway, a really interesting primary source is Christine de Pizan, but maybe that's because I'm a woman and she was the first female professional writer in Euroe. Her "Mirror of Honor" is very informative about life in general, because it's an advice book and the women were very involved in their husband's lives.
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Eewww I'm glad it's over too (and so are my cats! )

That lack of sanitation was a horrible thing. I heard that when the great fire ravaged London in the 1660's, some sections were left to burn because they were so disease ridden and gov't was glad to be rid of them. I don't think there was any plague after that in England, was there?
That's correct, there hasn't been any plague in London since the Great Fire. That's really all I know about the Great Fire, I think it was terribly difficult to control because so much of the building was in wood, and they didn't have fire hoses or even fire departments in the seventeenth century, I do know that. It did have the effect of aiding the sanitation situation in London, which was just awful.
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Millitary history buff here ~ especially WW2 ~ favourity Monarch of history?
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Old 03-25-2005, 05:25 PM   #19
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Another historian here, but like dandy, I focused primarily on modern history (mostly British history and southern US history as an undergraduate and then mostly history and memory/historiography stuff as a postgraduate -- Vichy France, 1960s social and cultural history, and the Asia-Pacific War and modern memory in Japan).

What do you think about the Annales school's approach to history, especially the later Annalistic historians like Le Roy Ladurie?
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I have Le Roy Ladurie's "Montaillou", and it's great. I bought it in Paris in 1992; it's not easy to find his work in the U.S. It's a great book, but he's not talked about much in the U.S, generally it's believed that the best medievalist, period, was probably Bloch, and LeGoff is really popular here too, and there are about a gazillion books in the biographies of the papers on my site. I admit that at first the name Le Roy Ladurie didn't really ring a bell, then I looked on my crowded bookshelf and there was "Montaillou". Wow! It's interesting, it's almost a semi-primary source because he did so much quoting. I'll have to go back and read this book. I knew I'd *learn* something from this thread. Gosh, I'm really rusty on my French history. It's amazing, the sheer number of books out there, and the number of books on my shelf.
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I haven't done much medieval history, but I really liked Montaillou and the Annales approach of incorporating other disciplines in the study of history.

Do you read any historical fiction? If so what books/authors can you recommend?
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