History of Britain - Changing Lives


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1.Medieval Manor
1066 - 1300

Explore the lives of serfs and peasants in the century that followed the Norman Conquest. (7.25 mins)

2.Medieval Minds
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1100 - 1300 next video 2/17next

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1. Beyond the Castle, into the countryside, this investigation of our changing lives begins...
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2. What kind of people lived at Stokesay Manor in Shropshire? Domesday records provide the clue.
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3. Serfs and villeins: a life of hard graft in the fields above Stokesay.
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4. Manorial court records provide evidence of a closed, restrictive world.

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Goodrich Castle, situated in Herefordshire between Monmouth and Ross on Wye. It was named after the Saxon lord Godric, who started the castle's construction in the late 11th century. The castle is administered by English Heritage, check here for opening times.


The rest of the module was filmed at Stokesay Castle in Shropshire. Visit if you can, it's one of the loveliest places in England.

(We returned to Stokesay later in the series to tell the story of Laurence of Ludlow, who owned Stokesay in the late 13th century; see the module 'First Parliaments').


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