North Walsham, Summer 2014.
Limited First Edition Print.
Limited First Edition of 10, hand-signed and numbered.
Printed 8″ x 12″ on Hahnesmuhle Photo Rag Dürer 13″ x 19″ archival quality paper using Lucia Pigment inks.
The year is 1381, Europe is three-quarters of the way through a dire century of remorseless drudgery and death. Around half-way the pestilence has halved the population of Europe, the Hundred Years’ War trundles on regardless costing a vainglorious fortune. The workforce reduced in numbers should in theory be in a good bargaining position for wages, but even trades are held in place, stuck in serfdom to the landowners, lords and the king. To fend off rises in wages new laws are introduced to lock them back into controlled poverty, movement becomes a luxury the poor are not allowed, they are merely human cattle.
I went and stared at a field. It’s rained quite hard, I got wet, lightning split the air from cloud to ground, thunder shuddered and wobbled over Bradfield to the North. The rain drops thicken again, may hair matted down, jacket soaked through. There’s no cross-country anymore, but a ribbon of water reflecting the sky, beaten by our feet still marking the public right of way to Felmingham. Despenser may have ridden here with his men looking for Litster and the rebels; planning their despatch before moving on to new jobs a year later besieging Ypres in Flanders in wars for cloth markets. This field in the past’s dry summer days, shafts long and grain heads full and yellow, fostering nests of corn beaten down by clumsy young couples fucking. Now it drips still and green in the solid humid air, history humming away beneath.
Read more about the site of the Battle of North Walsham here.
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