Can anyone recommend sources on daily life in medieval Europe? The web sites I have found don’t go into a lot of depth, and the main thing that is keeping me from progressing on my medieval fantasy game is the lack of a fleshed out setting. I’d be especially grateful for books, but articles and web site suggestions are welcome too.
I’m not after anything like historical fiction, but I figure modeling the setting after a particular place and time in history will help me get past through the world building so I can get into the story.
The story is such that it could take place in a variety of places and times. I’d be especially interested in contexts where Christianity has not yet achieved complete dominance (10th century Scandinavia, for instance), but for now I’m open to nearly any setting in western Europe up to the early modern period.
Has anyone else here done research in this area? If so, what worked well for you?