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Medieval Woman

Village Life in the Middle Ages
By: Ann Baer
Narrated by: Sarah Whitehouse
Length: 10 hrs and 11 mins
Categories: Fiction, Historical
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Summary

A history of peasants in the Middle Ages, the story takes the listener into the life of Marion, the carpenter's wife, and her extended family as they struggle to survive through hardship, featuring a year in their lives at the mercy of the weather and the Lord of the Manor.

Existing without soap, paper or glass and only with the most basic of tools, we learn how they survive starvation, sickness, fire and natural disaster in their home on the edge of the Weald.

©1998 Ann Baer (P)2017 Audible, Ltd

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Need More!!

Absolutely loved it. It came to a sudden unexpected end, I would love to hear more. Is there a sequel? very well presented, easy to listen to. Thoroughly recommend it, it gives a wonderful portrayal of medieval daily life. I feel as if I've been there with Marion and her family.

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brilliantly written and narrated. Didn't expect i

didn't expect it to be written like a diary but the detail was fantastic. really brought the era to life.

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Utterly brilliant

I was devastated when it ended... I just wanted to know what's next... how did the winter go, how does Alice progress, does Peterkin grow up to manage with his issues? And 1000 more questions besides... Please tell me there will be another book to tell the next years!

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Easy listening

Nice little story about a year in the life of a medieval village told through the eyes of a local woman called Marion.
It was interesting to hear the daily routines and hardships they faced.
Part history part fiction.

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Well written historical novel

The book was simplistic, without the norms of dramatising up the story, did exactly what it promised, delivered an everyday story of an everyday medieval woman. Greatly enjoyed it and at times almost felt like I was sitting in her home watching her perform the daily tasks. Well researched book and a good narrative.

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nice

really enjoying a nice insight into village live, no big dramatic story. just what life could have been like for a woman in medieval times.

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Nice story

I very much enjoyed this story. A year in the life of an ordinary serf family. Nothing much happens just everyday occurrences and a family’s work to survive and endure. This story will not set the world on fire but it gives a nice rendition of the everyday struggles of medieval village life. From the priest with little understanding of religion who turns the pages as part of the mass because he learned when to turn the pages to the payment of crops and goods to the hall. Things are done because that’s the way they’re always done.

There are sad and happy times and life just... goes on.

I would have been happy to hear what happened next , too, but not disappointed that we don’t find out.

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A great and thoughtful read

A wonderful telling of life for a medical woman. Many thought provoking moments and such a chilled out yet engaging read. The narrator was great at bringing the story to life.

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A gentle stroll into a medieval life

I loved it. To listen to the troubles and successes of am ordinary woman in her ordinary life, to gain an understanding of the 'ordinary' was lovely. To listen to the thoughts of this character was like peering into her life. If there were women like this...I hope they all had a happy ending

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fascinating

I found the narrative so interesting I really didn't want this book to end. It really brought the history alive and make me value my own time period

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  • V
  • 07-03-19

Listen to this on a cold dark night.

This is one if those rare gems where a pleasantly captivating story and masterful, yet, subtle narration blend together seamlessly to create an immersive experience as they transport you to another time & place. There were no jarring accents or overdone voices. I could see all of it, map the village, feel the cold of winter & warmth of the hearthstone, and taste the food. It was wonderful! I want, no, NEED more books like this!

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  • ecole
  • 04-03-19

I really enjoyed this book!!

Even though this was fiction, it was incredibly accurate as far as historical facts. I absolutely love history and at first glance thought this was non-fiction. I still gave it a shot and am glad I did! I felt like I was living Marion's life alongside her. The story posed situations I hadn't thought of before in terms of life in medieval times. (Like how did they know which day of the week it was? Most likely it was the priest or other person of religious importance who would tell them and they'd just have to trust that he was correct!) This book was really enjoyable and I would recommend it to anyone who loves history!

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 20-06-19

Daily life in a medieval village

It's an account of a year in a medieval village. There's no real plot, but it's a good story and a window into the toil of a peasant.

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  • Nj
  • 12-05-19

Great book full of details

Wonderful period details belie a deep understanding of a forgotten era. This book was rich and rewarding.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 23-01-19

An exceptional and different read

"Medieval Woman" is without doubt a very special and entertaining book. It's like traveling through time. It is if you are reading a diary from a woman who lived in rural medieval England. All the interesting details and characters are fascinating. If you love history and are interested in how lived, died, dreamed, felt and worked normal people in the middle ages, this book is for you.

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  • Mama C
  • 29-05-19

Enjoyed

I enjoyed the story, it is a bittersweet tell of a woman’s everyday struggle with things we take for granted. How difficult life was for our ancestors, makes you appreciate simple things like food, warmth, and being clean.

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  • DaNick
  • 30-08-18

Misleading title...

This book is about a whole village (included the cattle) and not "Medieval Woman" as the title claims... Nothing much happens and around chapter 5 the story became "white noise". The narrator does a good job but even a very talented one cannot save a boring story.