Most of us now live in towns and cities, but until relatively recently the majority
of English people were villagers. What was life like for our ancestors? Were
the people of the past really like us?
By telling the story of the ordinary Cambridgeshire village of Gamlingay
through 750 years of history from the middle ages to the present day, Villagers
brings the past to life in an extraordinary way.
Villagers introduces us to a myriad of fascinating people, such as the medieval
widow who took a lover and lost her home, the son of an alewife who became
Mayor of London, and the strutting Tudor gentleman at war with the rest of the
village. We meet the husband who sold his wife, another who was too drunk to
notice his wife fornicating in public, and the man who built a mansion for
himself and his mistress and almost accidentally founded a Cambridge
Based on an enormous wealth of documentary evidence gathered over thirty five
years, including manorial and parish records, wills, inventories, court
cases and newspaper reports, Villagers takes the reader on a journey through
time to see our ancestors as they really were.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
James Brown was born in 1953 and grew up in Gamlingay. He works as a
freelance graphic designer, artist, illustrator and writer. A lifelong love of
history and that of his home village in particular led to the publication of
Gamlingay in 1989. A Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts, he now lives in
235 x 156 mm | paperback | 256 pages