A Brief History of Life in the Middle Ages
by Martyn Whittock
Editor: Little, Brown Book Group
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Using extensive evidence, Martyn Whittock shines a light on Great Britain in the Middle Ages, bringing them back to life alive.Thus, we get a glimpse of the 11th century, rural society through a conversation between a ploughman and his masterDick Whittington’s life illuminates the rise of the urban eliteThe stories of Roger “the Talon” who drowned in his own waste water, an “ondin” imprisoned in Orford Castle and the sufferings of the Jews in Bristol reveal the extraordinary diversity of medieval society.Through these characters and events – and making use of the latest discoveries in research and dynamics and engaging panorama of medieval England is revealed the medieval England panorama.Interesting Facts: When the life expectancy of women dropped by 26 years in Sierra Leone in 2002, following the catastrophe of civil war, it was one year more than the estimate for the beginning of the medieval women’s lives.So great was the measure of the construction of the church in the xiiie century that it was calculated, it was the equivalent, in modern terms, of each family in England paying GBP500 every year, for the whole century.The murder rate for East Anglia in the twentieth century was comparable to that of modern New York City.For England in general, the homicide rate was far higher than that of today’s urban United States.
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