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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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.

Account Options Sign in. Tyrel Sorensen rated it really liked it Apr 29, She has published extensively on the history of women, particularly women in the middle ages. I just finished reading this book for a college class I am taking on the Late Middle Ages.

Nov 03, Adrian rated it liked it Shelves: 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. Bennett does this by examining bdigstock court records of a small town in Brigstock and creating a convincing biography for an unmarried peasant and small businesswoman of the early fourteenth century.


This slender volume is a very nice teaching tool for entry-level students of history. We use cookies to give you the best possible experience. You are commenting using your WordPress.

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

While the men brigstoco the fields by plowing, weeding, breaking clods, sowing seed, etc, Cecilia and the womenfolk busily worked in the farmyard. That said, Bennett is always careful to distinguish between fact and inference, and provides a useful model to a beginner historian as to how to approach the past.

Educated at Mount Holyoke College, the University 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. Three approaches to interpretation are considered: That’s no longer the case now, obviously.

Even the casual reader would be able to get something valuable from the story of a somewhat unique and interesting women of the middle ages. Notify mediegal of new comments via email. Oct 01, Meaghan rated it really liked it Shelves: Thanks for telling us about the problem.

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. When one thinks of the medieval age in Europe, one usually thinks about valiant knights, lords, and ladies. It was well thought out and well researched. Parish, Belief, RitualChapter 5: In addition, the story of Cecilia Penifader provides a starting point for a broad-ranging social history textbook.


They could have had missed boon work as a mere accident or they could have skipped it deliberately as many peasants in the 14 th century did.

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Moniarose rated it it was ok Feb 26, Book ratings by Goodreads. Jill Cowen rated it really liked it May 25, A good video companion would be Terry Jones’s excellent Medieval Lives series. Mikael rated it liked it Oct 22,