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Offline Amadi

Hi to those who don't know me (I'm new), m'name's Jake, pleased to meet you.

As part of my assessment for this year myself and those in my course have to develop an informative website covering themes relating to 'History, Controversy and Debate'.
I have to present a case study for the topic 'History of the Overlooked', and from that I've picked 'Peasantry and Serfdom'.

For a section of my argument I was planning on presenting a stereotypical peasant as embellished in literature. That being the kind of rag-tag & hard-done-to, agricultural, illiterate and poor village archetype often featured in (late medieval) fantasy worlds.

I was just wondering if anyone here has come across such a description, I'm flicking through the books I have with me at the moment but honestly I've had no luck :L

Thanks a bunch for reading ;P

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Re: Looking for quotes of peasant stereotypes (all will be explained)
« Reply #1 on: February 12, 2016, 03:59:32 PM »
I'll think about it some more, but a few things occur to me. They may not be of any use to you at all...  :-[

Monty Python and Holy Grail: The wonderful scene where the peasants discuss capitalism and communism.
Depictions of American black slaves in 19th and 20th century literature and film.
Thomas Hardy's rural characters.
Brother Cadfael mysteries.
The Doomsday Book, by Connie Willis. This may be my best suggestion.
Juliet Mariller's Blackthorn and Grim series, starting with Dreamer's Pool.
Chaucer.
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Re: Looking for quotes of peasant stereotypes (all will be explained)
« Reply #2 on: February 12, 2016, 04:43:00 PM »
"Help, help. I am being repressed! Come see the violence inherent in the system!"

Offline Rostum

Re: Looking for quotes of peasant stereotypes (all will be explained)
« Reply #3 on: February 14, 2016, 10:22:03 PM »
you need to add Child to your reading list and see what those nasty Victorians did to folk tales and songs.
You will find any number of local songs and stories round the uk tell of the plight of the working man.
If it has to be from published authors google is you friend. There is an Edith Partiger (Ellis Peters) book the heaven tree set in the 13th century which has what you want.

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Re: Looking for quotes of peasant stereotypes (all will be explained)
« Reply #4 on: February 15, 2016, 12:40:16 AM »
You could have a look on goodreads as well, they do quotes, maybe it'll work by theme.
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Re: Looking for quotes of peasant stereotypes (all will be explained)
« Reply #5 on: February 15, 2016, 11:10:45 PM »
^ Aye I'll have a looki on Goodreads and thanks for the help guys, would've responded sooner but the internet has been up, down and all around here atm. I'll post a link to the website when I'm done if y'all want ;P