May 22nd, 2013

Golden Hair

The Ties That Bound

The Ties That Bound:  Peasant Families In Medieval England by Barbara A. Hanawalt

A meticulous look at peasant life in the 14th and 15th century.  With rigorous attention to what sources point to what -- which can get just a touch ghoulish, because one major source of information is inquests, describing what people were doing at the time of their deaths, and how the corpse came to be found.

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