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Down The Common

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 15, 2006

    it's a keeper!

    I have been looking for this book since I first read it about 7 years ago! The only bad thing about it is that it comes to an end. I absolutely loved every page. I have been interested in village medieval life since then and I've read some other books, but now that I've finally found it, I'll definitely buy it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 15, 2005

    An absolute gem

    I found this a fascinating read, one I have repeated several times. As a researcher with a particular interest in the ordinary person as opposed to notable figures in history, I thoroughly enjoyed the detailed descriptions and as a mother I found a great deal of empathy with Marion. The author admirably illustrated not only those features of a woman's life that remain constant in any era, but also the unimaginable hardships that were endured without a second thought. Highly recommended

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 8, 2002

    I loved Down The Common!

    So little has been written about the daily lives of ordinary villagers, especially women, in medieval times. This wonderful fictionalised account is packed with information and beauty. It is most carefully researched. Because they left few permanent artifacts, and because they were illiterate and historically unimportant, ordinary women before the industrial age have been neglected in literature. This book remedies that. It depicts a year in the life of a village wife and mother. Water must be fetched, usually uphill. Women's work. Fuel must be gathered, fires must be tended, food prepared, and children reared. Women's work. In spite of the drudgery and discomfort, Marion, wife of Peter, a carpenter, finds beauty and joy in this month-by-month celebration of village life in a time before glass windows, running water, and all the comforts we have come to regard as necessary. No detail of women's lives, however intimate, has been neglected. The interdependence of the villagers, through good times and crises, such as a house fire, and a lack of salt are depicted. This book stands alone, and should be required reading for anyone who wants to know the real details of medieval life.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 25, 2002

    It was ok

    I had to read this for a class in college and although I might have read it on my own its not a real page turner. If you want or need to know about the life of a woman in medieval times then its great. Marion is a true hero in all she had to deal with in her life. One only has to look up from the pages and be grateful no matter what your own circumstances are. It was an ok read.

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