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October: Books for Autumn Reading

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I've just finished an unusual book Medieval Women by Ann Baer, previously published as 'Down the Common'. Baer follows the imaginary life of Marion a peasant woman living in Kent, S E England. The chapter headings give a month-to-month look at how her small, inward looking community of serfs survived their very basic lives of hard physical labour, often near starvation, frequent death of babies and children and what we might consider the utter sameness of the population who never left their area, had no ambitions, accepted floods, illness and crop-failure as some sort of Divine intervention.

It made me consider how all/most of us who's roots are /were in Europe, would have come from a very similar background all those hundred of years ago. Our ancestors surely were a tough lot!

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