Books A Shepherd s Life I was drawn into reading this book by a favourable reference in James Rebank s The Shepherd s Life Rebanks s wrote that reading Hudson s A Shepherd s Life by the sudden life
Books A Shepherd's Life I was drawn into reading this book by a favourable reference in James Rebank's The Shepherd's Life. Rebanks's wrote that reading Hudson's A Shepherd's Life by "the sudden life-changing realization it gave me that we could be in books – great books", it "turned me into a book obsessive".It is an odd sort of book, but it has its charms. The title is slightly misleading. Hudson uses the connecting thread of the reminiscences an old shepherd he met on the Wiltshire downs, probably during the 1890s, to describe the lives of agricultural labourers in the 1830s, when their way of life was under great stress - it was the time of the Captain Swing riots.At the same time I was reading the work of the poet John Clare, who wrote about agriculturalists lives in Northamptonshire during the same period, so this book nicely complimented that.One down note is a chapter near the end of the book, where there is racist language about Roma.. A Shepherd's Life is Kindle William Henry Hudson lived form 1841 to 1922 He was an author, naturalist and ornithologist Hudson s parents settled in Argentina where Hudson spent his youth studying the flora and fauna of the area Hudson later moved to England where he helped found the back to nature movement In 1918 he wrote Far Away and Long Ago, which was an autobiography of his early life A SheWilliam Henry Hudson lived form 1841 to 1922 He was an author, naturalist and ornithologist Hudson s parents settled in Argentina where Hudson spent his youth studying the flora and fauna of the area Hudson later moved to England where he helped found the back to nature movement In 1918 he wrote Far Away and Long Ago, which was an autobiography of his early life A Shepherd s Life begins, Wiltshire looks large on the map of England a great green county yet it never appears to be a favourite one to those who go on rambles in the land W H Hudson takes his reader on a magical tour of this area of England His descriptions of the rural area are beautiful to read Hudson brings the past alive for his readers There are many descriptions of the relationship between shepherds and their dogs, peculiar behaviors of various animals, tales of strange people, and extensive descriptions of the land itself A lot of the stories in this book come from an old shepherd.. William Henry Hudson was an author, naturalist and ornithologist He was born in the Partido de Quilmes in Buenos Aires Province, Argentina, where he is considered to belong to the national literature as Guillermo Enrique Hudson, the Spanish version of his name He spent his youth studying the local flora and fauna and observing both natural and human dramas on what was then a lawless frontier, publishing his ornithological work in Proceedings of the Royal Zoological Society, initially in an English mingled with Spanish idioms He settled in England during 1869 He produced a series of ornithological studies, including Argentine Ornithology 1888 1899 and British Birds 1895 , and later achieved fame with his books on the English countryside, including Hampshire Days 1903 , Afoot in England 1909 and A Shepherd s Life 1910 His best known novel is Green Mansions 1904 , and his best known non fiction is Far Away and Long Ago 1918 His other works include The Purple Land That England Lost 1885 , A Crystal Age 1887 , The Naturalist in La Plata 1892 , A Little Boy Lost 1905 , Birds in Town and Village 1919 , Dead Man s Plack and an Old Thorn 1920 , and A Traveller in Little Things 1921.. Good Book A Shepherd's Life Esther returned a 4*Gutenberg: http://www.gutenberg.org/ebooks/7415Opening: Wiltshire looks large on the map of England, a great green county, yet it never appears to be a favourite one to those who go on rambles in the land. At all events I am unable to bring to mind an instance of a lover of Wiltshire who was not a native or a resident, or had not been to Marlborough and loved the country on account of early associations. Nor can I regard myself as an exception, since, owing to a certain kind of adaptiveness in me, a sense of being at home wherever grass grows, I am in a way a native too. Again, listen to any half-dozen of your friends discussing the places they have visited, or intend visiting, comparing notes about the counties, towns, churches, castles, scenery—all that draws them and satisfies their nature, and the chances are that they will not even mention Wiltshire.A Shepherd's Life: Impressions of the South Wiltshire Downs by W. H. HudsonSummer 2013ebook> GutenbergBR>Eng>WiltshireNon-fic>Hist>travelpub 1910pastoralsmuggling + poaching + sheep-stealing137 pages in the online version William Gilpin (4 June 1724 – 1804) was an English artist, Anglican cleric, schoolmaster, and author, best known as one of the originators of the idea of the picturesque.[image error] Salisbury Plain Old Wiltshire Sheep Southdown SheepThe greatest change of the last hundred years is no doubt that which theplough has wrought in the aspect of the downs. There is a certainpleasure to the eye in the wide fields of golden corn, especially ofwheat, in July and August; but a ploughed down is a down made ugly.One must lament, too, the destruction of the ancient earth-works,especially of the barrows, which is going on all over the downs, mostrapidly where the land is broken up by the plough. Old Sarum reconstruction Salisbury Cathedral: There is nothing in the architecture of England more beautiful than thatsame spire. John Leland, also Leyland (13 September, ca. 1503 – 18 April 1552), was an English poet and antiquary: "There be manyfair streates in the Cite Saresbyri, and especially the High Streate andCastle Streate.... Al the Streates in a maner, in New Saresbyri, hathlittle streamlettes and arms derivyd out of Avon that runneth throughthem. The site of the very town of Saresbyri and much ground thereaboutis playne and low, and as a pan or receyvor of most part of the watersof Wiltshire." The manor house in the village of Martin. From Martin Parish Council: - Martin is the star of A Shepherd's Life by W.H. Hudson. In the book the name is changed to Winterbourne Bishop and features one Caleb Bawcomb, shepherd. Bawcomb was based on a real Martin character. If you want to know who, then you'll have to visit the church! - General Sir Pitt-Rivers, known as the Father of Modern Archaeology, undertook many of his most famous excavations on and around Martin Down and published his findings in Excavations in Cranborne Chase. - Blagdon, on the Cranborne side of Martin Down was made a Royal Park in 1321 by Edward II. Great BustardMr. Justice Park, at the Spring Assizes at Salisbury1827, said that though the calendar was a heavy one, he was happy tofind on looking at the depositions of the principal cases, that theywere not of a very serious character. Nevertheless he passed sentence ofdeath on twenty-eight persons, among them being one for stealing half acrown!Best chapter?: CHAPTER XIXTHE DARK PEOPLE OF THE VILLAGE How the materials for this book were obtained--The hedgehog-hunter--A gipsy taste--History of a dark-skinned family--Hedgehog eaters--Half-bred and true gipsies--Perfect health--Eating carrion--Mysterious knowledge and faculties--The three dark Wiltshire types--Story of another dark man of the village--Account of Liddy--His shepherding--A happy life with horses--Dies of a broken heart--His daughterSo, the Wiltshire Downs are not just about Tiffany Aching and The Wee Free Men then.