The Book of the Civilised Man: An English Translation of the Urbanus Magnus of Daniel of Beccles

1st Edition

Fiona Whelan, Olivia Spenser, Francesca Petrizzo

Routledge
February 7, 2019 Forthcoming
Reference - 152 Pages
ISBN 9781138601260 - CAT# Y365340

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Summary

A translation of The Book of the Civilised Man by Daniel of Beccles brings to light the social and cultural life of medieval people in the twelfth and thirteenth century through a previously little-known text.

Known in Latin as Urbanus magnus, it is a complex and illuminating text which covers an array of topics related to social mores in the Middle Ages, including: how to be a good and moral citizen, how to dine courteously, how to maintain standards of hygiene, how to regulate your diet, and how to run your household.

Often described as one of the earliest ‘courtesy texts’, this translation will reveal a text which cannot be easily categorised in any genre but is relevant widely for anyone with an interest in medieval life. An expansive text of enormous breadth, this translation will provide scholars new insight in areas such as social hierarchy, citizenship, morality, friendship, family ties, household administration, food consumption, standards of etiquette, and much more.

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