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This history of medieval village life is told through the experiences of Cecilia Penifader, a peasant woman who lived on one English manor in the early fourteenth. A Medieval Life: Cecilia Penifader of Brigstock, c is a most unusual book Not only does Judith Bennett attempt what is, to m y knowledge, the. Download Citation on ResearchGate | On Apr 1, , Lori A. Gates and others published A Medieval Life: Cecilia Penifader of Brigstock, c. }.

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Moniarose rated it it was ok Feb 26, This history of medieval village life is told through the experiences of Cecilia Penifader, a peasant woman who lived on one English manor in the early fourteenth century. There was a hearth for warmth and cooking, shelter from the elements, and a pf to eat and sleep Peasants understood that the lords and knights, who might exploit them every now and then, were really just and honorable men who protected them from bandits and invaders.

She has held lectureships in Australia and England, as well as the United States. Without cookies your experience may not be seamless.

A Medieval Life: Cecilia Penifader of Brigstock, c. : Judith M. Bennett :

You are commenting using your Facebook account. The author chose the old method of looking at a single, real person from that era whose l This book seems to be intended for use as a textbook in an introductory college course on medieval European history.

Feudalism in the 14 th century is perhaps one of the most intricate systems of societal, political, and economic life that has ever been experienced in Western Culture. Thanks for telling us about the problem. Want to Read saving…. While Bennett does explore the female story in human history, she refuses to burden her objective historical analysis with a radical feminist viewpoint.

It also demonstrates the use of historical methods to understand the lives of “ordinary” people, rather than the elites who are generally represented as “more important” in traditional historical research.

Reviews Bennett, Judith M. They also upheld and enforced the law of the land. Cecilia’s lifetime, that is, the first half of the fourteenth century, was important as a period when many aspects of peasant life were in transition, and Bennett blends this wider perspective into her text.


Analysis of Bennett’s “A Medieval Life: Cecilia Penifader”

This is a brief, but pretty good, book which is ideally suited to work as a complementary text in an intro course to medieval European history. But it is clear that m u c h wider research, both primary and secondary, informs the bulk of this book. Educated at Mount Holyoke College, the Medidval of Toronto, and the Pontifical Institute of Mediaeval Studies, she is the author of numerous books and articles about peasants, women, and families in the Middle Ages.

Medeival Penifadef Writers Very interesting read about the actual nuances of peasant life in the Middle Ages.

Bennett also discusses Brigstok special position as part of the ancient demesne, and the unusual situation whereby the peasants leased the manor from their lord. Glasgow A History Michael Meighan. I just finished reading this book for a college class I am taking on the Late Middle Ages. Having already read many books on medieval history, I didn’t learn very much from this one.

Peasants succumbed to horrible conditions of disease and famine and not all reached adulthood.

To ask other readers questions about A Medieval Lifeplease sign up. Bennett has drawn on the court rolls of Brigstock manor for the detail of Cecilia’s life, and for information about her family and other Brigstock peasants. Parish, Belief, RitualChapter 5: Book ratings by Goodreads. I am a history major and often am assigned books that are very dull and heavy with information but this one is birgstock and written in a story-like manner that keeps you wanting to read more.

A Medieval Life: Cecilia Penifader of Brigstock, c. by Judith M. Bennett

ceciliia While some of the attributions of ‘must have felts’ and ‘probably thoughts’ to Penifader make for uncomfortable reading for a historian, for an undergraduate it probably helps to m This is a brief, but pretty good, book which is ideally suited to work as a complementary text in an intro course to medieval European history. Obviously can’t bw a complete biography due to the lack of available primary sources, but the book uses Cecilia as a basis for reconstructing an average social, economic, and gendered life.


Book titles OR Journal titles. Sep 27, Lauren Hopkins rated it really liked it.

Forged from a partnership between a university press and a library, Project MUSE is a trusted part of the academic and scholarly community it serves. It was well thought out and well researched. An Economy of MakeshiftsChapter 8: Here, as consistently throughout the book, Cecilia is compared to other peasants in terms of status, as Bennett clarifies the implications of medieval social structure.

Short and readable, it is an ideal text for undergraduate teaching, suitable for courses in Western civilization, medieval history, women’s history, and English history. Other books in this series. Bennett does this by examining the court records of a small town in Brigstock and creating og convincing biography for an unmarried peasant and small businesswoman of the early fourteenth century.

References to this book Medieval maidens: Looking for beautiful books? In Brigstock, seigniorial demands were less intense so Cecilia and her w coped with it. She includes relevant illustrations, a good glossary of medieval terms, and a mexieval index of subjects. Mikael rated it liked it Oct 22, With a similar breadth of material and explanation, Bennett goes on to examine the Great Famine ofthe meanings of kinship and household at different life-cycle stages, marriage and inheritance, the household economy and the importance of the land mediwval in peasant economic strategies.

Brian rated it really liked it Oct 06, My library Help Advanced Book Brugstock. A good video companion would be Terry Jones’s excellent Medieval Lives series.

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A further strength of A Medieval Life is the integration of diverse information into the narrative: It is with regard to this system of life and economics that we consider three questions. By using our website you agree to our use of cookies.