An excellent companion volume to the author's Growing Up in Thirteenth Century England. As in the previous title, Mr. Duggan...

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GROWING UP WITH THE NORMAN CONQUEST

An excellent companion volume to the author's Growing Up in Thirteenth Century England. As in the previous title, Mr. Duggan shows what life was like for three classes of youngsters in 1087, twenty years after the Battle of Hastings put England under the domination of the French invaders. 1087 was the last year of William the Conqueror's reign and the author has chosen a day in July to show the typical round of activities for the son of a baron, the son of a member of the landed gentry, the son of a London laborer and three novice monks. There is a great deal of information about their sisters and mothers, too. Without blasting any illusions about the color of the period, the author adds to the idealized hues by suggesting the stretches of boredom and the patches of discomfort to be endured in these constricted lives. Circumstances of birth controlled dress and diet as well as future livelihood, marriage, manners and language -- everything but a hope of heaven. Mr. Duggan gets it all down in the lively style for which he is noted at both the adult and juvenile levels.

Pub Date: March 3, 1966

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Publisher: Pantheon

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Kirkus Reviews Issue: March 1, 1966