12 October 2008

An Old English Parish

Orwell's Picnic put me on to a book: An Old English Parish by J Charles Wall, published in 1907, in which he describes with illustrations day to day life in a pre-reformation English parish.
It is to The Stripping Of the Altars what the History Of The English Speaking Peoples is to The Oxford History Of Britain: it introduces and skims over the subject for the general reader.
And it has illustrations:

Good stuff for a Sunday afternoon, after you've cut the grass for the last time this year for the second time, and it's warm enough to sit and survey your handiwork with a glass of wine.

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