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I'm a freak for Elizabethan and medieval history, as well as period textilecrafts and sewing. I am not the droid you're looking for.


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Creating a Life: Professional Women and the Quest &hellip by Sylvia Ann Hewlett
This author loves children. She tells us so any number of times, as if that somehow qualifies her to write about motherhood. She is a prime example of what child-free people call "the breeder mentality", so stuffed with the word "entitled" she overflows with it, and completely condedescending and supercilious toward any different mindset -- particularly the child-free one. Men will find her assertions regarding husband-hunting in time to breed bone-chilling, particularly in light of today's divorce rates (something else she doesn't really cover).
Myself, I approached this book with a little hesitation, because I am child-free and proud of it. I read it with an increasing amount of… Read more
Dressing Renaissance Florence: Families, Fortunes,&hellip by Carole Collier Frick
I'm extremely impressed. I think this book would make an outstanding addition to any Renaissance-lover's, or garbaholic's, bookshelf.
It is not about how to make Italian-persona clothing. Instead, it focuses on how Florentines of the Renaissance used clothing to make social statements. Along the way, it examines some things that garbmakers would like hearing about (one table lists various color combinations found in gowns and linings), but mostly, it's about the sociology of fashion.
* Craftspeople and tailors (including how clothes-making guilds were organized and the role women played in these guilds)
* Tailoring Family Honor (how Florentines viewed honor and… Read more
Daily Life in Medieval Times by Frances & Joseph Gies
Daily Life in Medieval Times by Frances & Joseph Gies
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A must-have., Sept. 17 2002
This is a compilation of several of the Gies' books: "Life in a Medieval Castle", "Life in a Medieval Village", and "Life in a Medieval City". But it's so much more, making it a must-have even for people who own the other books. I own all of them, and I still was absolutely delighted with this book.
Why? Because of the pictures! The softcover books don't have many pictures, if any at all, but this is LOADED with them, and quite a few are in color. It's absolutely outstanding, the way it is illustrated. Every single page just about is loaded with color photos of paintings, books, castles, portraits, you name it. They are all of excellent quality, though I'd… Read more

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