Peasants' Revolting Lives (Paperback)
 
作者: Terry Deary 
出版社: PEN & SWORD BOOKS
出版日期: 2020/08/19
尺寸: 210x150x22mm
ISBN-10: 1526745615
ISBN-13: 9781526745613
書城編號: 1652016
 

原價: HK$200.00
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內容簡介
 
'Two nations between whom there is no intercourse and no sympathy; who are as ignorant of each other's habits, thoughts, and feelings, as if they were dwellers in different zones, or inhabitants of different planets. The rich and the poor.' - Benjamin Disraeli

Today we are aware of the habits, thoughts and feelings of the rich, because historians write about them endlessly. The poor are largely ignored and, as a result, their contributions to our modern world are forgotten.

Here, skilled raconteur TERRY DEARY takes us back through the centuries with a poignant but humorous look at how life treated the ordinary people who scratched out a living at the very bottom of society. Born into poverty, their world was one of foul food, terrible toilets, danger, disease and death - the last usually premature.

Wryly told tales of deprivation, exploitation, sickness, mortality, warfare and religious oppression all fill these pages. Discover the story of the teacher turned child-catcher who rounded up local waifs and strays before putting them to work. Read all about the agricultural workers who escaped the clutches of the Black Death only to be thwarted by lordly landowners. Follow as hundreds of children descend into the inky depths of hazardous coal mines.

On the flip side of this darkness, discover how cash-strapped citizens used animal droppings for house building, how sparrow's brains were incorporated into aphrodisiacal brews, and how extra money was made by mixing tea with dried elder leaves. Courtship, marriage, sport, entertainment, education and, occasionally, achievement briefly illuminated the drudgery; these were the milestones that brought meaning to ordinary lives.

The oppressed and disempowered have lived on the very outskirts of recorded history, suffering, sacrificing and struggling to survive. The greatest insult is that they are forgotten; buried often with no gravestone to mark their passing and no history book to celebrate their efforts. Until now. The Peasants' Revolting Lives explores and celebrates the lives of those who endured against the odds. From medieval miseries to the idiosyncrasies of being a twenty-first-century peasant, tragedy and comedy sit side by side in these tales of survival and endurance in the face of hardship.

Terry Deary 作者作品表

Peasants' Revolting Lives (Paperback)
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Peasants' Revolting Crimes (Paperback)
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Horrible Christmas (2019) (Paperback)
Wiggott's Wonderful Waxworld 2: Fire Flight (Paperback)
Classes in Kidnapping / Safecracking for Students (2 books i (Paperback)
Unlikely Spy (Paperback)
Rotten Romans and Cut-throat Celts (Paperback)
Horrible Handbook (Paperback)
Savage Screenplay (Paperback)
Horribly Hilarious Joke Book (Paperback)
Horrible Histories: The USA (Paperback)
Burglary for Beginners / Robbery for Rascals (2 books in 1) (Paperback)
Horrible History of the World (Paperback)
Rotten Rulers (Paperback)
Rowdy Revolutions (Paperback)
Terrible Trenches Field Book (Hardcover)
Horrible Christmas (Paperback)
Wiggott's Wonderful Waxworld: Terror Train (Paperback)

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