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We are here

We are here

by Mark Reed
     
 
Will anyone know we actually lived here in the UK or USA or Europe in 1000 years time? Who remembers anything about the average citizen who lived in the UK 1000 years ago? 1000 years ago was approximately the time of the Battle of Hastings, 1066, most schoolchildren and adults in the Western World know of this date. The unfortunate King Harold Godwinson of England,

Overview

Will anyone know we actually lived here in the UK or USA or Europe in 1000 years time? Who remembers anything about the average citizen who lived in the UK 1000 years ago? 1000 years ago was approximately the time of the Battle of Hastings, 1066, most schoolchildren and adults in the Western World know of this date. The unfortunate King Harold Godwinson of England, who was an Anglo - Saxon, fought Duke William, later King William 1st of Normandy on the bloody Hill of Senlac Wood near Battle in Sussex and sadly lost his life and his kingdom to the French speaking Norman conquerors .

So, let us say that out of 100 people about 70 would know of this fact and know the names of King Harold and King William. There was a famous tapestry known as the Bayeux Tapestry which told the famous story of the battle on the tapestry , practically cartoon like, as the graphics of the 11th century were not very advanced, no photo shop, no desk top publishing in those days.

However who has remembered the local free peasant farmers, such as Sigrid Beowulfsson of the small hamlet of Wynchsea near Hastings. He had a pregnant wife , Berta to worry about, the price of corn had fallen again due to bumper crops that summer. Vikings had raided the coast the previous year and caused havoc with the foreign merchants who would now not be willing to buy his surplus corn at Hastings market.

All these troubles were causing him lack of sleep and constant worry and were a big problem for him and his worried wife, Berta. No one remembers Sigrid's problems because, firstly he was probably illiterate and couldn't read or write, only the village priest could read and write, and probably then only some poor Latin and maybe old English. Secondly even if he could write very few people, apart from monks and priests would bother to write a diary of their daily lives, until much later, possibly not until the 13th or 14th centuries and even then it was mostly nobles, priests, monks and royal scribes writing things down.

Most of what we know of life in the dim and distant 11th century was from the Doomsday Book, commissioned by King William 1st as a list of all the property, cattle, sheep, foodstuffs and all the contents of England. It was produced so that King William could tax the poor conquered English and he could pour the riches of England into his royal coffers.

My idea for this book, or rather two books is that firstly this book studies the minutiae of life in the UK ( as I live in the UK ) , however it could relate to anywhere in the Western World today and the idea is that this book will be published now and copies made in a form of printed metal sheets on Titanium ( or similar long lasting metal or a long lasting carbon plastic ) and the two books will be put into a time capsule under one of the lions in Trafalgar Square, in Central London , or as near as I can get it buried with Boris Johnson's ( the current Mayor of London ) blessing.

The time capsule would not be opened until the year 3,012 so that the citizens of Novus Londinium (the name for London in 1000 years time) would be able to know how we savages and barbarians lived out our little lives back here in the petrol soaked haze of the 21st Century.

This book would be the 21st Century version of a sort of Samual Pepys Diary discussing all the tiniest items that make up our lives in the 21st Century. I have tried to include some wit and humour into this book to make it amusing and more readable. I have compared life in our century to life in Roman, Medieval, Georgian and modern times.

I have also written a sister book called , "Diary of a 21st Century Proletariat " which is an ongoing day by day diary of my life and all its little trials and tribulations . I have also included day by day news updates to show what was happening in the wider world at the same time as what was happening in my little world.

A website www.wearehereworld.com has also been created to go with this series of books

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781481079600
Publisher:
CreateSpace Publishing
Publication date:
09/24/2013
Pages:
490
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.99(d)

Meet the Author

Mark Reed is by profession a residential property manager based in North London in the UK. Mark has a wife, Lisa, a daughter, Valentine and a son Harry and a cat called Maisie.

Mark has many and varied interests including, classic cars, he currently owns a 1960 Jaguar Mk IX saloon car . He used to own many different Aston Martins and Jensens and Lagonda's. He also has a large and varied stamp collection, mainly of Victorian, Edwardian and George VI collections of stamp albums. He also collects coins, banknotes, maps, old bakelite telephones , books on Biblical history, English History, Judaica , steam trains and also collects old O guage tinplate toy trains such as Marklin, Lionel, JEP and Hornby.

Mark enjoys family holidays in Europe, Israel and the USA and skiing holidays in Europe.

Mark has been an estate agent ( realtor ) in Kensington for many years in the 1980's , then ran a chain of 10 hostels and hotels in Central London for 10 years .He later moved in 2003 into property management and has moved several times since then .

Mark has written another previous book called "Icelandic Volcano Time Bomb" ( available on Amazon ) which tells the story of how volcanoes changed human history and especially talks about the extremely dangerous volcano in Iceland called Laki which erupted in 1783 causing more than 1 million deaths right across Europe and led to changes in weather patterns across the globe. This eruption also potentially was the cause ( or one of the causes ) of the French Revolution of 1789.

Mark has written accompanying books to "We are here" called "The diary of a 21st century proletariat" which is a day by day diary of Mark's life with daily world news headlines running alongside. This series of diaries has now been continued and it is hoped to publish another new diary every year for the foreseeable future.

Mark is currently working on 5 other books which he hopes to publish over the next few years.

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