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"FIEF. A LOOK AT MEDIEVAL SOCIETY FROM ITS LOWER
researched and written by Lisa J. Steele.
Published: 1996, 2001; 100 pages.
Recommended by Artimidor and Bard Judith: Fief is a sourcebook that examines the Middle Ages from the viewpoint of the ordinary farmer, priest, and landholder – the inhabitants of a feudal manor. It's both a friendly primer on the basics of medieval life, and a treasury of hard-to-find details for the student, Game Master or re-creationist. Indeed the book has everything you ever wanted to know concerning the Middle Ages, ranging from the fundamentals of society to architecture, agriculture to warefare details as well as exact timelines and examples. The information is easy to read, well organized and the book comes in a superb design. The only setback is that "Fief" is only available as an e-Book, which means that you actually only get an Acrobat Reader file, which you have to print out on your own if you want to read it as a typical book. However, the content and presentation of "Fief" make up for this major disadvantage. Included is also a list of further source books concerning the Middle Ages, which should help you to find more information if needed.
Some excerpts from the cover text:
"Enjoy a trip to a
world where powerful priests can charge sinners with the death penalty, and
where knights gather for illegal combat sports... where thieves can thumb their
nose at the authorities from within the walls of a church, and where a foraging
band of the King's own soldiers is more dangerous than a pack of brigand
outlaws. In the midst of all this, ordinary people survived to work the land,
weave the cloth, and pray for safety from famine and plague. The real Middle
Ages were as brutish and wild as any fantasy world.
The book features:
Lists of historical wages and prices for things from common beasts to the construction of houses, from the price of swords to the cost to hire mercenaries. And the lists in Fief aren't assembled without context: details are tied to a specific year and country.
Sins, crimes, and the penalties for getting caught, including lists of fines, fees, and holy penances.
Anecdotes and accounts that bring the Middle Ages to life and provide surprising insights into the workings of medieval society.
Magic and superstition with a historical slant: Learn the reputed magical powers of blacksmiths and shepherds, and the everyday miracles the priests were believed to perform.
Details on life on the manor, from the brewing of ale to the baking of bread to the clatter of weapons in times of war.
Over 70 illustrations, mostly historical woodcut art – and the attractive layout is carefully designed to print cleanly and attractively in either black-and-white or full color, to make the most any home or office printer!
And more! Fief is 100 pages long, and includes details ranging from daily intake of calories to breeds of dogs and horses – all referenced with a huge 1,300+ entry index!"
Information provided by various team members