Tagged with peasants

The Tree of Wooden Clogs

The Tree of Wooden Clogs

This is one of the first foreign language films I saw, and despite its length, I remember being fascinated by it. Set in a farm settlement in 19th century Lombardy where the families have to give 2/3 of their produce to the landlord, it shows a year in the lives of 5 families. They live … Continue reading

Dovecotes

Dovecotes

These structures were homes for doves, originally built by monks to provide themselves with fresh meat through the winter. But they were long a source of dispute with their peasant tenants, as the birds lived off the grain from their fields, so on top of their normal tithes to the church, they were being indirectly … Continue reading