Voices of Medieval England, Scotland, Ireland, and Wales
Contemporary Accounts of Daily Life
by Linda E. Mitchell, Editor
September 2016, 263pp, 8 1/2 x 11
1 volume, Greenwood

Hardcover: 978-1-61069-787-3
$115, £89, 100€, A158
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How accurate are the typical depictions of life during medieval times in fiction-based films and books?

This volume provides a selection of primary documents from medieval England, Scotland, Ireland, and Wales, thereby enabling readers to directly access information about life long ago in the region.

Voices of Medieval England, Scotland, Ireland, and Wales: Contemporary Accounts of Daily Life provides a broad selection of primary documents that are appropriate in level and content for a variety of readers. It includes dozens of primary document excerpts that illustrate important elements of daily life during the medieval period. Each document is accompanied by an introduction that supplies relevant historical background, context points to help readers evaluate the document, a description of the results and consequences of the document, and a “Further Information” section listing important print and electronic resources as well as any relevant films or television programs.

Covering an important curricular topic, this book provides extensive contextual material along with guidance to help students read documents. Additionally, it serves to support Common Core State Standards by helping students develop critical thinking skills through document analysis.


  • Provides tools and techniques for effectively evaluating the meaning and importance of the documents
  • Enables students to effectively incorporate information from primary documents into various school and personal research projects
  • Includes an "Ask Yourself" section of questions about the document and the source era as well as a "Topics to Consider" section that suggests themes to explore in an essay, online project, or class presentation
Linda E. Mitchell is Martha Jane Phillips Starr/Missouri Distinguished Professor of Women's and Gender Studies at University of Missouri-Kansas City. She is author of Greenwood's Family Life in The Middle Ages and contributor to Greenwood's Events that Changed the World in the Eighteenth Century. Mitchell also edits a journal of cultural, intellectual, and comparative history, Historical Reflections / Réflexions Historiques, which publishes in both English and French.


"These fascinating documents, from instructions on how to slay toothache-causing worms to the gritty details of medieval Scottish prisons, are perfect for students of medieval history."—Booklist, January 5, 2017

"Clearly intended as a teaching tool, this volume is a good introductory resource for the study of medieval Britain and Ireland. Summing Up: Recommended. High school through undergraduate students; general readers."—Choice, April 3, 2017

"Mitchell chose materials from the Celtic regions (as well as the British Isles) that were not previously published in other source books . . . . For high school students and readers seeking an intimate look at history, who will appreciate the in-text definitions, appendix of biographical sketches, and glossary."—Library Journal, November 1, 2017
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