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Life was no picnic in the 13th Century, especially for girls
Reviewed in the United States on August 19, 2018
A good close-up look at life in the 13th Century. Birdy's father is trying to marry her off now that she has reached 14 years old. Other fathers keep arriving with their sons to discuss weddings and dowry. Birdy has no intention of being bargained off like a cow and does her best to sabotage the negotiations. She sets the privy on fire while one fat slob is in it! The book has timely descriptions of the mud, filth, horse poop, etc., in the roads and the fleas infesting everyone. I would not want to live then! Does her father get his way or will some miracle save Birdy from marriage to an old, fat, greasy slob? Read this!