Prologue, Chapter 1, Chapter 2
• The area that is now France was changed by Roman conquest and then by the influence of the Christian church.
• Towns developed into bourgs with the advent of the earthen wall, giving rise to city dwellers known as the burghers.
• Troyes becomes an important trading center when Thibaut the Great encourages the development of merchant fairs.
• The city of Troyes is divided into the old city and the new city, and is home to everyone from the wealthy to church clergy to Jews in the ghetto.
• The burgher family lives in a four-story home, including living quarters for servants, children, apprentices, and a counting room to receive customers.
Chapter 3, Chapter 4, Chapter 5
• Women have power over a household's money, can own property, and are usually better educated than men. However, they cannot hold political office, and are paid less than men for the same work.
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