Let the Stones Talk by Christopher Steed
Glimpses of English History through the People of the Moor

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Who were the People of the Moor? Sixty generations have lived here since the Roman Second Legion descended from the skyline. What is the significance of the spirit-road....or a beautiful pavement in a villa buried by the soil of centuries? Who were the mysterious hill-fort people who established a high-status society on an ancient site? We encounter Norman lords and the lives of the miserable, a Mayor of Bristol who lost his wife when Black Death swept the people away, a senior Judge but also the common people, determined to build a magnificent structure as a sign of faith and hope for the future. What would it have been like to go to church in 1460? We read of the irrepressible way that the late medieval life of Merry England spills over into the church; of payments to minstrels and skilled craftsmen. The People of the Moor have to face up to religion-shock as a reform movement rocks their foundations. They contend with a tsunami, pirates and soldiers. As the generations roll by, we experience life in an 18th century village and witness a remarkable experiment by Hannah and her sisters. An in-depth look at the mid-Victorians holds up a mirror to social transformation on wheels and the challenge of educating and providing for the poor. Some intriguing characters pass each other in the street in 1840. Who is the village tailor, a yeoman farmer with relatives sentenced to death or transportation to Australia, a Quaker girl and the old gypsy who will die next year in the workhouse? In time new forms of power take hold and rural communities between the wars experience rapid social change. This story of small communities on their journey through time is a microcosm of English history. The march of 60 generations is our story too.

About Christopher Steed

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Dr Chris Steed is a writer who became interested in the living stories about Yatton Moor in North Somerset while serving there in a pastoral role. He has had access to the results of archaeological digs, research into medieval lives and ancient church records and 19th century newspapers. People came up with diaries, family archives, and recollections of times between the wars. The result is a social history that blends highly readable story with fully documented and credible commentary.Chris has substantial experience in Government service, teaching, counselling and pastoral work and is an Anglican Priest. He has a doctorate in social sciences and is working on a social theory about the value society places on individuals and groups. Part Five of Let the Stones Talk explores briefly how these ideas might apply to how society worked in the Middle Ages and, by way of contrast, in the 19th century.
Published April 15, 2011 by AuthorHouse. 388 pages
Genres: History, Travel.

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Steed's debut nonfiction title is an elegant, poetic history delving into the mysterious people of the Moor in western England.

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