Remembrances of Things to Come
Douglas Bullis, author
We all love to read history, but what was it like to live it? 'Remembrances of Things to Come' is a walk through France that begins in the year 1003 and ends in 1975. What did it mean to live an everyday life like you, me, or anyone we see during the day if we walked with them a hundred years ago? Three hundred years ago? Six hundred? A thousand? What did people wear? What were their jobs? What did they eat and how did they make it? What did they smell and hear. What made them laugh or cry? What did they love and fear? What were their physical aches and pains and their mental fears and delights? How did they live without words like ‘Renaissance’, ‘Enlightenment’, ‘vehicle’, 'suburb', or ‘electronic’ in their lives? This book is a written cinema of real life based not on traditional written records, but on a meticulous examination of pictorial records—illuminated manuscripts, Books of Hours, paintings, sculpture, architecture—including the architecture of humble hovels as well as the famed grand edifices. Readers walk alongside one member of a family whose patronym was Lefief as they proceed through a single day in their working lives in the years 1003, 1193, 1260, 1346, 1399, 1460, 1483, 1518, 1539, 1603, 1669, 1788, 1889, and 1905. Years of historical research plus the author's personal travels and experiences take readers where readers cannot go by themselves. In the end we discover that while surroundings and lifestyles change, the people turn out to be remarkably alike no matter what their era.