The Tall One Author:Barbara Jefferis The high-sprited, joyous tale of the liberation of a medieval woman--Chaucerian in its color and vitality.... — When the knights of chivalry were jousting, their ladies swooning, and scholars were counting the angels dancing on the head of a pin, what were the common people doing? The answer,"Feathering their nest," is demonstrated delightfully ... more »in this lusty, sometimes bawdy story of Mary Mary.
As a child Mary Mary's only distinction was that she was taller than anybody else, and she lived poorly in the hovel of her villein father. Even her maidenhood she lost to her twin brother, Dickon, before she knew its value. Yet at eighteen--or maybe twenty--she had become her own woman, prossessor of house and land, child and money;
In between she had been many other things--serving maid to the lady of the manor, mistress of a surgeon-alchemist-astrologer, wife to a dwarf, fortune-teller in a traveling circus, even probationer in a nunnery....« less