For many teenagers, contact with medieval times has been furnished solely via movies and television. In an effort to replace distorted fact with clear concise information, Mr. Bagley explores eight salient aspects of life in Medieval England from the time of the Norman conquest in 1071 to the period of decay and transition at the end of the fifteenth century. With a minimum of generalization, we are presented with an everyday picture of life in the castle and courts, in the manor house and peasant cottage, in the market place and monastery. We mingle among the technologists and craftsmen of the day and among the scientists and theologians. The method of following a particular individual makes for livelier reading.