Lost Country Life

This beautiful and heartfelt encyclopedia of rural life in the middle ages gets its special charm because the author, as a little girl, knew shepherds and laborers who lived in a way hardly changed through the centuries She shares that land, now lost forever, where man was the measure of all things Using as a framework a 16th century calendar of advice for farmers, she tThis beautiful and heartfelt encyclopedia of rural life in the middle ages gets its special charm because the author, as a little girl, knew shepherds and laborers who lived in a way hardly changed through the centuries She shares that land, now lost forever, where man was the measure of all things Using as a framework a 16th century calendar of advice for farmers, she takes us month by month through the country dweller s year, and opens up the customs and traditions of a vanished rural life An entrancing world where the farmer s mind and arms and the land beneath his feet gave him all he needed to fashion a full and happy life B O T Editorial Review Board
Lost Country Life This beautiful and heartfelt encyclopedia of rural life in the middle ages gets its special charm because the author as a little girl knew shepherds and laborers who lived in a way hardly changed th

  • Title: Lost Country Life
  • Author: Dorothy Hartley
  • ISBN: 9780394510361
  • Page: 493
  • Format: Hardcover
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    1. I'm not even crazy about medieval times - but I loved this book. Dorothy Hartley is s m a r t. She knows you need a hook and an anchor to get and keep a reader, and she did it for me with her method of organizing the information. She used a poem to create a story-frame for the information to construct itself on. And so clever! - a poem about The Work of the Year, so we have each month opened by a selected part of the poem "Thomas Tusser: His Good Points of Husbandry". January begins with these l [...]

    2. I read the first half of the book and since this is a reference work, am reading the seasons in order each month, which means I am reading October now, and will wait until November to read that month's chapter, and so forth. It is an enormously informative and entertaining look at how English people once lived for centuries. I will also be reading a Scottish version of this book, by another author, eventually.

    3. One of my favorite books to re-read is Dorothy Hartley's Food in England Food In England. Lost Country Life was written many years after, and is in a similar vein; a clear-eyed observation of human interaction with the natural world. Where Food in England was a collection of recipes, recollections and ways of life that were no more or quickly disappearing in 20th century Britain, Lost Country Life is a month by month accounting of life for one medieval farmer, a window into the world he and his [...]

    4. This is a chatty and dated work of popular history; do not read it without your bullshit detector loaded and on the ready (droit du seigneur is mentioned unironically in the first 20 pages). Nevertheless, it's a charming and informative book about the English agricultural calendar.

    5. Anyone with an interest in medieval life or writing a fantasy-type novel will definitely benefit from this read. Dorothy Hartley tells a nonfiction tale of medieval farm life with lyrical prose with poems and diagrams from that time period.

    6. Fascinating fiber information, but when I got to the animal husbandry and farming I was a little out of my league. A lot of British vocabulary that lost me as well.

    7. Sometimes a little random, but lots of interesting information about the way people lived in England between about 1300 and 1600.

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