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eBook Media Viewer Series #17

Title: Manners, Custom, and Dress During the Middle Ages and During the Renaissance Period

Author: Paul Lacroix

Pages: 570

Details: Fully Illustrated - Over 400 Images

In sociology, manners are the unenforced standards of conduct which show the actor to be cultured, polite, and refined. They are like laws in that they codify or set a standard for human behavior, but they are unlike laws in that there is no formal system for punishing transgressions, other than social disapproval. They are a kind of norm. What is considered "mannerly" is highly susceptible to change with time, geographical location, social stratum, occasion, and other factors. That manners matter is evidenced by the fact that large books have been written on the subject, advice columns frequently deal with questions of mannerly behavior, and that schools have existed for the sole purpose of teaching manners. A lady is a term frequently used for a woman who follows proper manners; the term gentleman is used as a male counterpart; though these terms are also often used for members of a particular social class.

Table of Contents:
Chapter 1: Condition of Persons and Lands
Chapter 2: Privileges and Rights (Feudal and Municipal)
Chapter 3: Private Life in the Castles, the Towns, and the Rural Districts
Chapter 4: Food and Cookery
Chapter 5: Hunting
Chapter 6: Games and Pastimes
Chapter 7: Commerce
Chapter 8: Guilds and Trade Corporations
Chapter 9: Taxes, Money, and Finance
Chapter 10: Law and the Administration of Justice
Chapter 11: Secret Tribunals
Chapter 12: Punishments
Chapter 13: Jews
Chapter 14: Gipsies, Tramps, Beggars, and Cours des Miracles
Chapter 15: Ceremonials
Chapter 16: Costumes