The Sound of the Middle Ages

Lavoir and papillons, hamlet of Jamblusse, Lot Valley, France, Thérèse Gaigé / CC BY-SA. https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/4.0 (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/4.0).

I look at the now deserted and stagnant lavoirs, the communal washing places, in the Lot Valley in France and can almost hear women singing, gossiping about mistresses and neighbours, and slapping wet laundry against the stone papillon slabs. My article, ‘The Sound of the Middle Ages‘, has just been published in Historical Novels Review.

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