World history week3 2.0 | His233 | National University

Topic 2 Required Reading

Kevin Reilly, The Human Journey, Chapter 5

Website: Medieval Towns –

Website: Medieval Town Life –

Website: Italian Cities –

Website: Medieval England – daily life in medieval towns –

Primary Sources:

Website: Documents Concerning the Origin of Guilds, 884-930 –

Website: Guibert de Nogent: The Revolt in Laon, 1115 –

Website: Account of the setting up of self-government in Ipswich in A.D. 1200 –

Website: The Chronicles of Venice: How the Doges Were Chosen –

Website: Southampton Guild Organization, 14th Century –

Discussion Prompts:

After reading Chapter 5 and the material at the websites, and viewing the video, please make a 300-word initial post that answers the following questions about the primary sources:

Some of the primary sources are legal documents while others are memoirs or narratives. How might their nature make a difference in what they contain? Does one type of primary source seem more reliable than the others? Taken together, what insights do the documents give you into the concerns, hopes, and preoccupations of European urban dwellers in the Middle Ages?