I watched a program on iplayer the other day about the 14th century, called Christina: A Medieval Life.
I never used to like history at school, but now I find it truly interesting, especially when it gives you an “oh” moment… which this program did. The program documented the life of one peasant woman, and in the process, an amazing bit of English history.
There were pretty much two types of people, the rich, who had all they needed and disposable income for life’s nice things, and then there were the poor, caught in economic slavery, working for the rich before they could go home and eke some sort of existence for themselves.
Do you see my “oh” moment? Nothing has changed. The only difference is we have outsourced our economic slaves to other countries.
Others producing cheap clothes, food and luxury items, unable to pay for education, medicine or other basic needs. Just like the 14th century peasants.
It took the black death killing 1.5 million people in England alone to shake society enough to give these people freedom. I wonder what it will take for us to change?
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