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I’m reading Home: A Short History of an Idea for my dissertation, and it’s full of information about domestic life in the middle ages.

Rybczynski, Witold. 1986. Home: A Short History of an Idea. New York: Viking Penguin Inc.

I’m reading it for information about the development of the concept of personal privacy, but I’m also making SCAdian notes and will be making a copy of his endnotes because they’re full of citations to books on the middle ages. (My favorite so far: Wright, Lawrence. 1980. Clean and Decent: The History of the Bath and the Loo. London: Routledge.)

ETA: Best quote so far:

“A well-dressed squire [in the late Middle Ages] resembled Michael Jackson in a sequin-covered nightclub costume” (33).