A History of Domestic Manners and Sentiments in England During the Middle Ages


  • Dedication.
  • Anglo-Saxon Period.
  • Anglo-Norman Period.
    • Chapter V. The early Norman period—luxuriousness of the Normans—advance in domestic architecture—the kitchen and the hall—provisions and cookery—bees—the dairy—meal-times and divisions of the day—furniture—the faldestol—chairs and other seats
    • Chapter VI. The Norman hall—social sentiments under the Anglo-Normans—domestic amusements—candles and lanterns—furniture—beds—out-of-door recreations—hunting—archery—convivial intercourse and hospitality—travelling—punishments—the stocks—a Norman school—education
  • The English Middle Ages.
    • Chapter VII. Early English houses—their general form and distribution
    • Chapter VIII. The old English hall—the kitchen, and its circumstances—the dinner-table—minstrelsy
    • Chapter IX. The minstrel—his position under the Anglo-Saxons—the Norman trouvere, menestrel, and jougleur—their condition—Rutebeuf—different musical instruments in use among the minstrels—the Beverley minstrels
    • Chapter X. Amusements after dinner—gambling—the game of chess—its history—dice—tables—draughts
    • Chapter XI. Domestic amusements after dinner—the chamber and its furniture—pet animals—occupations and manners of the ladies—supper—candles, lamps, and lanterns
    • Chapter XII. The bed and its furniture—the toilette; bathing—chests and coffers in the chamber—the hutch—uses of rings—composition of the family—freedom of manners—social sentiments, and domestic relations
    • Chapter XIII. Occupations out of doors—the pleasure-garden—the love of flowers, and the fashion of making garlands—formalities of the promenade—gardening in the middle ages
    • Chapter XIV. Amusements—performing bears—hawking and hunting—riding—carriages—travelling—inns and taverns—hospitality
    • Chapter XV. Education—literary men and scribes—punishments; the stocks; the gallows
    • Chapter XVI. Old English cookery—history of "gourmandise"—English cookery of the fourteenth and fifteenth centuries—bills of fare—great feasts
  • The Fifteenth Century.
    • Chapter XVII. Slow progress of society in the fifteenth century—enlargement of the houses—the hall and its furniture—arrangement of the table for meals—absence of cleanliness—manners at table—the parlour
    • Chapter XVIII. In-door life and conversation—pet animals—the dance—rere-suppers—illustrations from the "Nancy" tapestry
    • Chapter XIX. The chamber and its furniture and uses—beds—hutches and coffers—the toilette; mirrors
    • Chapter XX. State of society—the female character—greediness in eating—character of the medieval servants—daily occupations in the household: spinning and weaving; painting—the garden and its uses—games out of doors; hawking, etc.—travelling, and more frequent use of carriages—taverns; frequented by women—education and literary occupations; spectacles
  • England after the Reformation.
    • Chapter XXI. Changes in English domestic manners during the period between the reformation and the commonwealth—the country gentleman's house—its hall—the fireplace and fire—utensils—cookery—usual hours for meals—breakfast—dinner, and its forms and customs—the banquet—custom of drinking healths
    • Chapter XXII. Household furniture—the parlour—the chamber
    • Chapter XXIII. Occupations of the ladies—games and enjoyments—roughness of English sports at this period—the hot-houses, or baths—the ordinaries—domestic pets—treatment of children—methods of locomotion—conclusion
  • Index.

This work was published before January 1, 1925, and is in the public domain worldwide because the author died at least 100 years ago.