A work of genuine social history, After the Black Death leads the listener into the villages and cities of European society. The book begins with an overview of family and community structure, social conflict, and religious beliefs. After describing the fundamental traits of both rural and urban society, it considers the elites, armed rebellion, poverty, criminality, sexual behavior, and marriage practices. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Neil Holmes. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/031198de/bk_rhde_002536_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
What was life like for the rural poor in 18th century England? Just as new agricultural technology was replacing farm workers with machines, medical advances were improving life expectancy. The result in the rural East Anglian county of Suffolk was a scarcity of employment that left many without the means to support themselves or their families. In this fascinating glimpse into community action at a local level, Victor Peskett reveals in this book the workings of the Guardians of the Poor in Metfield, Suffolk, a village committee with powers to levy a charge on the community and, after close examination, disperse funds to support the poor, according to their needs and their means. Peskett´s painstaking research into the minutes of the Guardians´ meetings has uncovered not the dry transactions of a local administrative committee, but an illumination of the past two short centuries ago. From the old vellum-bound, hand-written record emerge characters we come to know - their clothes, their few possessions, their daily transactions and their squabbles but, most of all, their urgent and basic needs at a time when progress seemed to be leaving them behind. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Kate Shrewsday. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/025658de/bk_rhde_002536_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Near Mount Etna in Sicily lies Casa Cuseni, a beautiful house built in golden stone - and the home that Daphne Phelps was astonished to find she had inherited in 1947. At the age of 34, war-weary from working as a psychiatric social worker, with barely any Italian, and precious little money, she plunged into a fascinating Sicilian world. Every imaginable problem had to be overcome, not only financial difficulties but local authorities and a house staff who initially felt no loyalty to the new Signorina but who gradually accepted her as a respected member of their small community. To help make ends meet, for many years she ran Casa Cuseni as a pensione and to her doors came Roald Dahl, Tennessee Williams, Bertrand Russell and Henry Faulkner. But just as important to her life and her story are the Sicilians with whom she shared the love and care of Casa Cuseni: Don Ciccio, the local mafia leader; Vincenzio, general manservant who recited while he served the meals; Beppe, a Don Juan who scented his eyebrows and his moustache to attract the local girls; and above all the steadfast cook and housekeeper who lives with Daphne still and to whom this book is dedicated. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Carolyn Bonnyman. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/twuk/000332de/bk_rhde_002536_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
While ´´freaks´´ have captivated our imagination since well before the 19th century, the Victorians flocked to shows featuring dancing dwarves, bearded ladies, ´´missing links´´, and six-legged sheep. Indeed, this period has been described by Rosemarie Garland-Thomson as the epoch of ´´consolidation´´ for freakery: an era of social change, enormously popular freak shows, and taxonomic frenzy. Victorian Freaks: The Social Context of Freakery in Britain, edited by Marlene Tromp, turns to that rich nexus, examining the struggle over definitions of ´´freakery´´ and the unstable and sometimes conflicting ways in which freakery was understood and deployed. As the first study centralizing British culture, this collection discusses figures as varied as Joseph Merrick, ´´The Elephant Man´´; Daniel Lambert, ´´King of the Fat Men´´; Julia Pastrana, ´´The Bear Woman´´; and Laloo, ´´The Marvellous Indian Boy´´ and his embedded, parasitic twin. Victorian Freaks contributors examine Victorian culture through the lens of freakery, interpreting the production of the freak against the landscape of capitalist consumption, the medical community, and the politics of empire, sexuality, and art. Collectively, these essays ask how freakery engaged with notions of normalcy and with its Victorian cultural context. This book is published by The Ohio State University Press. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Fred Humberstone. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/087620de/bk_rhde_002536_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
In Denmark, a very prosperous and popular ruler, King Hrothgar, has built a large mead hall and encouraged all of his soldiers to be jubilant and merry. The commotion from the festivities has greatly upset a horrible demon, Grendel, who lives in the swamp. Every night the demon terrorizes the community forcing the Danes to suffer at the hand of the beast for many years until a young Geatish warrior, Beowulf, hears of the plight King Hrothgar has endured. Beowulf agrees to kill the Grendel, as repayment of a debt owed by his father to the King, who gratefully accepts. King Hrothgar throws a feast in Beowulf´s honor that is interrupted by Grendel. A battle ensues between the monster and an unarmed Beowulf who is much stronger than the beast. Beowulf rips Grendel´s arm off, sending him back into the swamp to die making Beowulf a hero. Grendel´s mother is the swamp hag, and upon finding her son´s body, goes to the town seeking retribution. Beowulf, accompanied by soldiers, chases the creature back to the swamps where he dives into the water down to the hag´s lair. He carries with him a powerful weapon forged for a giant and ends up victorious against the swamp hag. Beowulf´s story goes on to describe a life where he ruled Geat for 50 years and was beloved by his people forever. 1. Language: English. Narrator: David McCallion. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/067390de/bk_rhde_002536_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
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