If you want to know the detail of 14th century liturgical practice
August 23, 2010
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you should read this book.
If you want to know in detail about 14th century feudal land inheritance laws and customs, you should read this book.
If you want to know about the Black Death, there are probably a lot of other books you should read.
If you want to know why you should pay more attention to the subtitle of a book than the big words in bold, you should read this book.
(Also, if you’re able to suspend disbelief that serfs would make long speeches instead of using naturalistic dialogue, read this book. John Hatcher is a historian, and his attempt to write a semi-dramatised history book would probably have benefited from him not putting into his characters’ mouths the same words he uses in the historical preamble to each chapter, which he clearly states he gets from letters and other documents. If you want to write fiction, write fiction. Don’t make travelling peddlars speechify like monks.)