The streets will mainly be full of people on foot, but you will probably see some people on horseback, women as well as men. Everyone walks or rides. A wealthy sick person might lie on a litter carried by two horses, but no one will be in a carriage. Only the fabulously wealthy can afford them and there are only four or five of them in the whole of England.
|Counter of Medieval Merchant’s House, Southampton.|
One thing you will probably notice, even in a busy town, is that people know one another. People live in a community and parishes cover a small geographical area. They go to mass together and to one another’s funerals. People who live next door to one another know exactly what’s going on in the next house. They live very close to one another and will probably stare at you, a stranger, as you pass by.
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Emma has loved Ancelin through the months of his absence, but the man who has returned from war is not the man who left. As the day of their wedding draws near, she wonders if she ever knew him at all. Then he accuses her of betraying her with another man. Can she convince him of her innocence? Does she want to?