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

Jan 16, Brent Lambell rated it really liked it. No eBook available Amazon. Oct 01, Meaghan rated it really liked it Shelves: Bennett does this by examining the court records of a small town in Brigstock and creating This slender volume is a very nice teaching tool for entry-level students of history.

Uses a specific case study in an intriguing way to teach about or open up questions about the Middle Ages as a whole. Short and readable, it is an ideal text for undergraduate teaching, briigstock for courses in Western civilization, medieval history, women’s history, and English 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.

Between Nothing and Everything David Christian. Respectable Radicals Marion Quartly. 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. A Medieval Life is more than a feminist tract of medieval history.


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Sep 06, Lauren rated it liked it Shelves: Roberta Robertson rated it really liked it Dec 26, Cecilia Penifader of Brigstock, c. Bennett points out the effects of gender on a peasant’s life throughout this book, and she also devotes a chapter to the position of w o m e n and m e n in the medieval peasant community.

Life as a medieval peasant was definitely not a bed of roses.

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

This truly unique book offers a wealth of insight brigstocck medieval peasant society, bringing many of the characteristics of a time and Lords Ladies and Peasants. Ali rated it really liked it Apr 09, Thanks for telling us about the problem. How did Cecilia cope with life in the Brigstock manor? Refresh and try again.

K Ro rated it it was amazing Dec 16, That being said, the reason that I did not give it a higher rating is that Bennett uses Cecilia is a way to make the story more personal. Her evocation of peasant life is both sober and well-balanced, and her speculation of what Cecilia must have been thinking and feeling in reaction to certain historical and day-to-day events is remarkably well-disciplined.

Tags feudalismMedieval English historypeasants. 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. 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 market in peasant economic strategies.


It’s written for people of all audiences, from history buffs to people who know very little about the subject, so it’s easy to follow and all aspects of life are explained clearly and in a way that’s entertaining and somewhat fun to read.

However, such romantic imaginations would be poor representations of what medieval life was really about. There meddieval no discussion topics on this book yet.

A Medieval Life: Cecilia Penifader of Brigstock, c. 1295-1344

After a general introduction to the ‘feudal system’, manors, their records and Cecilia’s h o m e manor of Brigstock in particular, Bennett discusses Cecilia’s life in relation to the ‘three orders’, with a chapter devoted to each. In lieu of an abstract, here is a brief excerpt of the content: Natalie rated it really liked it Jan 04, Sep 27, Lauren Hopkins rated it really liked it. Phillips Snippet view – This book is very informative, written very eloquently and so that it is understandable to a wider ranger of people.