Dennis D. McDonald (ddmcd@outlook.com) is an independent consultant located in Alexandria Virginia. His services and capabilities are described here. Application areas include project, program, and data management; market assessment, digital strategy, and program planning; change and content management; social media; and, technology adoption. Follow him on Google+. He also publishes on CTOvision.com and aNewDomain.

Chiara Frugoni's A DAY IN A MEDIEVAL CITY

Chiara Frugoni's A DAY IN A MEDIEVAL CITY

By Dennis D. McDonald

If all you know about the Middle Ages consists of warfare, popes, and kings, and you want to know what daily life was really like, this is the book for you. I loved Frugoni’s BOOKS, BANKS, BUTTONS, AND OTHER INVENTIONS FROM THE MIDDLE AGES so I borrowed this from my public library and, boy, was I impressed and informed.

The combination of rare illustrations and text is continually fascinating. City life, government, food, schooling, religion, and shopkeeping are all discussed, accompanied by amazing paintings and drawings from the day. Religion infuses the daily life, of course, so  it was very interesting to compare and contrast Medieval practices and beliefs with those of today; you’ll be surprised at how spiritually similar things are between then and now.

Life was really tough then. Just traveling from one city to another was a chore. So much we take for granted today — light, heat, transportation, etc. — simply didn’t exist in an easy to access fashion back then.

This is a short book — less than 200 pages — but it’s packed solid with information and thoughtful commentary from the Italian author. Highly recommended.

Copyright (c) 2009 by Dennis D. McDonald

 

 

Ed Regis' WHAT IS LIFE: INVESTIGATING THE NATURE OF LIFE IN THE AGE OF SYNTHETIC BIOLOGY

Ed Regis' WHAT IS LIFE: INVESTIGATING THE NATURE OF LIFE IN THE AGE OF SYNTHETIC BIOLOGY

Thomas B. Allen and Norman Polmar's CODE-NAME DOWNFALL: THE SECRET PLAN TO INVADE JAPAN AND WHY TRUMAN DROPPED THE BOMB

Thomas B. Allen and Norman Polmar's CODE-NAME DOWNFALL: THE SECRET PLAN TO INVADE JAPAN AND WHY TRUMAN DROPPED THE BOMB