By Jennifer Worth
An unforgettable tale of the enjoyment of motherhood, the bravery of a neighborhood, and the desire of 1 awesome womanAt the age of 22, Jennifer Worth
leaves her cozy domestic to maneuver right into a convent and develop into a midwife in put up struggle London's East finish slums. the colourful characters she meets whereas delivering
babies in every single place London—from the plucky, warm-hearted nuns with whom she lives to the lady with twenty-four childrens who can't converse English to the prostitutes
and dockers of the city's seedier side—illuminate a desirable time in heritage. fantastically written and completely relocating, The Midwife will contact the hearts
of a person who's, and everybody who has, a mom.
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For the purposes of this chapter the mill histories for manors across the country were constructed, drawn mostly from large estates like the bishopric of Winchester or the earldom (from , duchy) of Lancaster. This was necessary because it is only for such large estates that records have survived in enough number to be able to follow the fortunes of individual mills over long periods of time. ¹ For a recent survey of the rise of this practically oriented literacy in medieval Europe, see Britnell, ‘Pragmatic Literacy’.
For low grain prices, especially from to , see AHEW iii. , , –; for a recent view of the continuing high levels of mortality in the later th century, see Barbara Harvey, Living and Dying, ch. , esp. pp. –, –. Mill Numbers and Revenues end of the period was largely caused by the tearing down of four mills at Bitterne and Twyford in Hampshire in – at the order of a Commission for Sewers. ³⁰ Seen in this light, and particularly given that many of the sites that failed were likely to have been marginal in any case,³¹ the physical infrastructure of milling stood up remarkably well throughout the trials of the later Middle Ages.
The manorial holdings of these particular estates tended to cluster in various parts of the country, giving some counties an over-abundance of manors in the sample, while other counties had only one or two manors representing them and in one case, Dorset, none at all. A more thorough examination of all possible archives might have ﬁlled in gaps, but some imbalance due to the nature of surviving records would undoubtedly have remained. In some cases the geographically skewed nature of the data can be dampened by breaking down the sample into regions and weighting each region according to some factor like population, an exercise performed below when merited.