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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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  • 03-07-19

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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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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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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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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Marion, a fictional woman of the Middle Ages, has much to say to a woman of the 21st century. Viewed from our comfortable perspective here in 2020, Marion's life is one of endless drudgery, daily hardship and crushing sorrow. No soap, too few cooking pots or eating utensils, one pair of boots to manage over the winter months, the list of what she lacks is lengthy and heartbreaking.

Death is a constant presence in the life of a medieval woman: her newborn baby, her twelve-year-old daughter, her adult neighbour who dies of a minor injury. We are blessed to have been born here and now.

The narrative gets bogged down in boring dialogue on two occasions; I skipped ahead, hoping that I didn't miss too much detail in my impatience. Narration is excellent.

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very nice story and narration.

what a nice way to give as a glimpse into these times. i felt part of the village.

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Could Not Stop listening!

This book is simply an ordinary year in the life of an early Medieval woman, her family, the village and their feudal Lords. If this woman could write,it would be her diary. The author’s aim is to make this as accurate to the time period as possible.
No wonder Philippa Gregory loved this book!

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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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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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A nice picture of Medieval daily life!

For those reviewers who complain it’s a boring story...they misunderstand the purpose of this book, this is NOT a novel.
It’s simply a look into the daily grind of a medieval woman’s life and it does it beautifully. Narration is wonderful and never distracting.

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  • 08-26-18

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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  • 09-04-18

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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  • 07-30-19

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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  • Carby
  • 06-03-19

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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  • Sophie
  • 06-16-20

Strong plot and narrator

If you like historical fiction, but the accurate kind, then this is for you. It's extremely successful at conveying the everyday life of medieval peasants. The narrator is extremely strong, too. Loved it, and as the other reviewers mention, I wish there was a sequel!

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  • Rose
  • 08-09-20

interesting but way too sickly sweet for me

This is a really interesting book. A year in the life of medieval woman. There are some loose ends though and a lot unexplained. A bit too sentimental though for my taste I have to admit and way too much of the usual boring ‘he said’ ‘she said’ for my taste but, otherwise very enjoyable.

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  • LNS
  • 02-27-21

Visualization

I was able to visualize the details with exact precision. The facts of medieval life presented in a manner that gave me a greater aporeciation for my 21st century existence.

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  • Claire Senior
  • 10-26-20

enjoyable

different to what I usually read/ listen to but enjoyable nonetheless. would definitely purchase from this author again.

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  • Joanne
  • 08-06-20

Fab

I wish there was a follow up of this! Loved the story. Would be nice if there was a 10 years later

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  • Dogfriend
  • 12-28-21

The title is misleading - it’s young fiction

This is a fictional story, which reads as somewhere between afternoon radio play style and children’s fiction. Suitable more for children and adolescents I feel. You can glean some knowledge I guess, but it’s a struggle to listen to and I just couldn’t manage it.

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  • Jenn Honor
  • 11-12-18

Wonderful!!

What an amazing book, bringing to life the story of an everyday medieval village woman as she lives and works throughout a year - LOVED IT!!!